Scottish lawyer, with practice in Glasgow. Founder with Arthur Dent of Waverley Films to distribute films in Scotland. Finding that it was difficult to get Scottish rights without having British rights, acquired an interest with Wardour which eventually hired Dent and merged with Waverley. Was subsequently involved with Gaumont and with Associated British Picture Group with assets of £24 m, including 633 cinemas and with studios at Elstree and Shepherd's Bush.
Source: Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser, 28 November 1936, Page 4: http://newspapers.nl.sg/Digitised/Page/singfreepressb19361128-1.1.4.aspx
Robert Murphy, ‘Maxwell, John (1877—1940)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/47911, accessed 14 Feb 2014]