|Born||10 August 1915
Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK
|Died||17 March 2001
London, England, UK
He cast the actor James Robertson Justice in many of his films. He often worked with the producer Betty E. Box who was married to Carry On producer, Peter Rogers. He was a nephew of producer Victor Saville.
Born in Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, Thomas entered the film business as a clapper boy at Shepperton Studios in 1932 whilst studying. He soon worked in film, sound, editing and camera departments.
Returning to film with the Rank Organisation, Thomas advanced from assistant editor, to making film trailers to becoming head of Rank's trailer department as well as writing films. Sydney Box had enjoyed Thomas's trailer for Miranda and when a position of director came up due to an unexpected illness, Thomas made his directoral debut in Once Upon a Dream.
- Dixon, Wheeler W. Ralph Thomas Interview Collected Interviews: Voices from Twentieth-Century Cinema 2001 SIU Press
- Ralph Thomas at the Internet Movie Database
- Ralph Thomas in the Time Out Film Guide
- BBC obituary
- Ralph Thomas at BFI Screenonline