Ralph B Serpe

Producer, Distributor, Independent theatrical agent
Serpe started his entertainment career as an independent theatrical agent and moved into the Italian film industry as vice president of the Scalera film Studios in Rome. A few years later he established a business ... Read more »
Born: 12/22/1911 in Portland, Maine, USA

Filmography

other (3)

Five Branded Women 1960 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

The Best of Enemies 1960 (Movie)

(Assistant Producer)

This Angry Age 1956 (Movie)

associate(to producers) (Other)

Biography

Serpe started his entertainment career as an independent theatrical agent and moved into the Italian film industry as vice president of the Scalera film Studios in Rome. A few years later he established a business relationship with Italian movie mogul Dino De Laurentiis that would serve him for most of his professional career. Working for Ponti-De Laurentiis Corp., Serpe negotiated production and distribution deals for a few classics of art cinema and several sprawling international co-productions. His credits include Federico Fellini's "La Strada" (1954) and "Nights of Cabiria" (1957) as well as "Ulysses" (1955), King Vidor's "War and Peace" (1956), John Huston's "The Bible" (1966) and "Barabbas" (1962).

In the 1970s Serpe produced a number of American films that were borderline exploitation fare, including "Across 110th Street" (1972), "Mandingo" (1975) and "Drum" (1976), as well as classier material like William Friedkin's "The Brink's Job" (1978).

Relationships

Jane Serpe

Wife
survived him

EDUCATION

Columbia University

New York , New York

Milestones

1972

Formed Ralph Serpe Enterprises

1967

Formed Euro International, a production-distribution company

1957

Produced a teen exploitation film "Mister Rock and Roll" starring the legendary rock promoter Alan Freed

1952

Joined the Ponti-De Laurentiis Corporation (later the Dino De Laurentiis Corp.) As US representative, associate producer, and executive assistant to Dino De Laurentiis

1948

Helped create the Italian Film Export Company to represent Italian films in the US

1946

Started film career as VP of the Scalera Film Studios in Rome

1936

Began working as an independent theatrical agent

Negotiated production and distribution agreements for "La Strada", "Ulysses", "Nights of Cabiria", "War and Peace", "Barabbas" and "The Bible"

Worked as a producer on De Laurentiis films: "Across 110th Street", "Mandingo", "Drum", and "The Brink's Job"

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