Magazine article Screen International

Obituary: Jack F Murphy

Magazine article Screen International

Obituary: Jack F Murphy

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The former non-theatrical distributor and independent producer, died in Los Angeles on Jan 6 after a long battle with cancer. He was 69.

Murphy was born and raised in Montreal and as a teenager he booked 16mm films with schools and religious institutions.

In 1963, he became the exclusive non-theatrical distributor in the Canadian Quebec province for Seven Arts Productions, which included the pre-1948 package of Warner Bros features and the theatrical reissues of all 20th Century-Fox features from 1956-1962.

Three years later, Murphy founded Criterion Pictures Corporation and it became the exclusive English and French 16mm distributor in Eastern Canada for National General/Cinema Center, Columbia Pictures, Warner Brothers, and Astral Films Canada with offices in Halifax, Montreal and Toronto.

The Criterion library included many independent packages. …

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