Ralph B Serpe
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).