Ralph Smart

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Ralph Smart
Born (1908-08-27)27 August 1908
Chingford, England, UK
Died 12 February 2001(2001-02-12) (aged 92)
Bowen, Queensland, Australia
Occupation Director, screenwriter and television producer.
Period 1927–1973
Genre Comedy, drama, adventure, science fiction
Spouse Meg Smart
Children 1 child
Relatives Patsy Smart (sister)

Ralph Foster Smart OAM (27 August 1908 – 12 February 2001) was a film and television producer, director, and writer, born in England to Australian parents.

Biography[edit]

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 meet a legal commitment to the British film industry.

During the Second World War, Smart joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1942 and served until 1945.[1] Afterwards he worked for the Rank Organisation and Ealing Studios, returning to Australia to direct several films beginning with The Overlanders and including Bitter Springs (1950), addressing the mistreatment of young Aborigines.

Back again in Britain, he became an influential figure in ITC television, remembered as the creator and producer of Danger Man, also known as Secret Agent in the United States. 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 "services to the development of the Australian film industry."

He retired to Australia, and died on 12 February 2001, in Bowen, Queensland.[2]

Selected Filmography[edit]

Writing credits[edit]

Production Notes Broadcaster
The Woodpigeon Patrol
  • Feature film (co-written and directed with F.R. Lucas, 1930)
N/A
The Star Reporter N/A
Hotel Splendide
  • Short film (co-written with Philip MacDonald, 1932)
N/A
C.O.D
  • Feature film (co-written with Philip MacDonald, 1932)
N/A
His Lordship
  • Feature film (1932)
N/A
Born Lucky
  • Feature film (1933)
N/A
The Night of the Party N/A
The Phantom Light N/A
Crime Unlimited
  • Feature film (co-written with Brock Williams, 1935)
N/A
Convict 99
  • Feature film (co-written with Cyril Campion, Jack Davis Jr., Marriott Edgar and Val Guest, 1938)
N/A
Alf's Button Afloat
  • Feature film (co-written with Marriott Edgar and Val Guest, 1938)
N/A
The Good Old Days N/A
Charley's (Big-Hearted) Aunt
  • Feature film (co-written with Marriott Edgar and J.O.C. Orton, 1940)
N/A
Bush Christmas
  • Feature film (also directed, 1947)
N/A
Eureka Stockade N/A
Bitter Springs N/A
Where No Vultures Fly
  • Feature film (co-written with W. P. Lipscomb and Leslie Norman, 1951)
N/A
Never Take No for an Answer
  • Feature film (co-written and directed with Maurice Cloche, 1951)
N/A
Always a Bride
  • Feature film (co-written with Peter Jones, 1953)
N/A
The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • 8 episodes (1956–1957)
ITV
The Flying Scot
  • Feature film (co-written with Norman Hudis and Jan Read, 1957)
N/A
The Adventures of William Tell
  • 12 episodes (also producer, 1958–1959)
ITV
The Invisible Man
  • 6 episodes (also producer, 1959)
ITV
Danger Man
  • 27 episodes (1960–1962)
ITV
Secret Agent
  • 14 episodes (1964–1966)
ITV
Koroshi
  • Television film (1968)
N/A
The Champions
  • "To Trap a Rat" (1968)
  • "Get Me Out of Here!" (1969)
ITV
Riptide
  • 8 episodes (1969)
Seven Network
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)
  • "My Late Lamented Friend and Partner" (1969)
  • "But What a Sweet Little Room" (1969)
ITV
The Protectors
  • "The Numbers Game" (1972)
ITV
Elephant Boy
  • 13 episodes (co-written with Tony Morphett, Ted Roberts, David Whitaker and Ian Stuart Black, 1973)
Seven Network

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