Ralph Block

Ralph J. Block (June 21, 1889, Cherokee – January 2, 1974, Wheaton)[3] was an American film producer in the 1920s and became a full-time screenwriter in 1930. He is most famous, however, for being President of the Screen Writers Guild from 1934 to 1935. He received an Honorary Academy Award in 1940 for his dedicated work for the Motion Picture Relief Fund.

Ralph J. Block
From a 1920 magazine
Born(1889-06-21)June 21, 1889
Cherokee, Iowa, United States
DiedJanuary 2, 1974(1974-01-02) (aged 84)
Wheaton, Maryland, United States
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Film producer/director
Public official[1]
Known forPresident of Screen Writers Guild (1934–35)
Spouse(s)Mary Greenacre[2]
ChildrenBridget Block
Parent(s)E. S. Block
Doris Chraplewski[1]
AwardsHonorary Academy Award


Block was born in the City of Cherokee in the Cherokee County of Iowa to E.S. and Doris Block (née Chraplewski).[1]


As producer[3]

Year Title Notes
1926The QuarterbackProducer
1928Let 'Er Go GallegherAssociate producer
Stand and DeliverAssociate producer
The Blue DanubeAssociate producer
SkyscraperAssociate producer
The CopProducer
Man-Made WomenProducer
Show FolksProducer
1929High VoltageAssociate producer
Big NewsProducer
The RacketeerProducer
Rich PeopleAssociate producer
This Thing Called LoveAssociate producer
His First CommandAssociate producer
1930Officer O'BrienAssociate producer
Scotland YardProducer

As Writer[3]

Year Title Notes
1930The Arizona KidStory and screenplay
The Sea Wolf
1931A Holy TerrorAdaptation, in collaboration with Alfred A. Cohn and Myron C. Fagan
1933Before DawnScreenplay (uncredited)
Dark HazardScreenplay
Gambling LadyScreenplay
I Am a ThiefStory and screenplay
1935The Right to LiveScreenplay
In CalienteStory and adaptation
The Melody Lingers On
1936Boulder DamScreenplay
Nobody's Fool
1940It's a DateOriginal story
Spy for a DayScreenplay collaboration with Anatole de Grunwald, Emeric Pressburger, and Hans Wilhelm
1945Patrick the GreatStory
1950Nancy Goes to RioMovie based on Block's novel


  1. Lacy, Mary A. United States. Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. Ralph Block Papers: A Finding Aid to the Collection in the Library of Congress. Washington, D.C.: Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, 2009. Web. <http://memory.loc.gov/service/mss/eadxmlmss/eadpdfmss/2009/ms009299.pdf>.
  2. Actornice – catalog of famous artists.
  3. Ralph Block on IMDb
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