10 August 1915|
Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England, UK
17 March 2001 (aged 85)|
London, England, UK
He cast the actor James Robertson Justice in many of his films. Thomas often worked with the producer Betty E. Box, who was married to Carry On producer Peter Rogers. Thomas 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 while 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. "The Director as Journeyman" (Ralph Thomas interview, 3 February 1995), in Collected Interviews: Voices from Twentieth-Century Cinema, SIU Press, 2001, pp. 105-17.
- Ralph Thomas at the Internet Movie Database
- Ralph Thomas in the Time Out Film Guide
- BBC obituary
- Ralph Thomas at BFI Screenonline
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