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Ralph Spence (screenwriter)

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Ralph Spence
Ralph Spence - 1921 FD.jpg
Spence in 1921
Born(1890-11-04)November 4, 1890
DiedDecember 21, 1949(1949-12-21) (aged 59)
Years active1912–1946

Ralph Spence (November 4, 1890 – November 21, 1949) was an American screenwriter and playwright. Born in Key West, Florida in 1890, he wrote for more than 120 films between 1912 and 1946. His play, The Gorilla, was produced on Broadway in 1925, and was the basis for several films. He also wrote material for a number of presentations of the Ziegfeld Follies and Earl Carroll's Vanities.[1] Spence died in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles from a heart attack.

Broadway credits

Spence worked on several Broadway productions:[1]

  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1921 - dialogue
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1922 - book and lyrics
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1923 (summer edition) - sketches
  • Earl Carroll's Vanities (1924) - book
  • The Gorilla (1925) - playwright
  • Earl Carroll's Vanities (1931) - book

Partial filmography


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