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Ralph Smart : biography

1908 - 12 February 2001

Ralph Smart was a film and television producer, director, and writer, born in England to Australian parents in 1908. He found work in Britain with Anthony Asquith and later alongside the film director Michael Powell, whom he assisted with "Quota quickies": low-budget B-pictures to fill production quotas.

During the Second World War he joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1942 and served until 1945. Afterwards he worked for the Rank Organisation and Ealing Studios, returning to Australia to direct several films including Bitter Springs (1950), addressing the mistreatment of young Aborigines.

Back again in Britain, he became an influential figure in television, remembered as the creator and producer of Danger Man, also known as Secret Agent. He produced, directed or wrote a number of television series and films, including the 1950s series The Adventures of Robin Hood and The Invisible Man.

In 2000 he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal ″for his services to the development of the Australian film industry″.

He retired to Australia, and died 12 February 2001, in his nineties, in Bowen, Queensland.

Selected Filmography

  • A Cottage on Dartmoor (1929) - uncredited
  • The Woodpigeon Patrol (1930) - director and writer
  • C.O.D (1932) - co-writer
  • His Lordship (1932) - writer, adaption of novel
  • Hotel Splendide (1932) - writer
  • The Star Reporter (1932) - writer
  • Born Lucky (1933) - writer
  • Crime Unlimited (1935) - co-writer
  • The Night of the Party (1935) - co-writer
  • The Phantom Light (1935) - writer, scenario
  • Sweet Success (short film; 1936) - director
  • Alf's Button Afloat (1938) adaption from the novel Alf's Button (novel)
  • Convict 99 (1938) - co-writer
  • Charley's (Big-Hearted) Aunt (1940) - screenplay
  • The Good Old Days (film) (1940) - writer
  • Island Target (1945) - documentary
  • The Overlanders (1946) - associate producer
  • Bush Christmas (1947) - director, producer, writer
  • Quartet (anthology film, segment The Facts of Life; 1948)
  • A Boy, a Girl and a Bike (1949) - director
  • Eureka Stockade (film) (1949) - co-writer
  • Bitter Springs (1950) - director and writer
  • Where No Vultures Fly (1951) - co-writer
  • Curtain Up (1952) - director
  • Never Take No for an Answer (1952) - director and writer
  • Always A Bride (1953) - director and co-writer
  • The Flying Scot (1957) - co-writer
  • The Adventures of Mr. Pastry (1958) - director
  • Koroshi (episode of TV-series and TV film; 1968) - co-writer
  • Elephant Boy (TV series) (TV-series, 1973) - writer
  • Robin Hood: The Movie (TV film; 1991) - co-director
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