Butcher's Film Service

Butcher's Film Service was a British film production and distribution company that specialised in low-budget productions. The company was founded by William Butcher, a chemist from Blackheath. During the Boer War, the company survived through several production slumps in the British film industry and two World Wars.

In later years the company mainly released films made at the Nettlefold Studios in Walton. Amongst the films produced after the Second World War was a series of four Paul Temple films and The Story of Shirley Yorke which proved to be a surprise hit.[1] The company attempted to give its films a patriotic and populist appeal, and were particularly aimed at working-class audiences in industrial areas. In 1954 it was renamed Butcher's Film Distributors.[2]

Talking Pictures TV - "An independent archive film and television channel" - shows a number of Butcher's Film Service productions; channel 81 on Freeview.

Selected filmography


  1. Chibnall & McFarlane p.65
  2. Chibnall & McFaralne p.66


  • Low, Rachael. The History of the British Film, 1918-1929. George Allen & Unwin, 1971.
  • Chibnall, Steve & McFarlane, Brian. The British 'B' Film. Palgrave MacMillan, 2009.

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