Ralph Kemplen

Editor, Director
London-born Ralph Kemplen began his career as a teenager working on silent films like "The Return of the Rat" (1929). He also worked on the partial sound feature, "Balaclava/The Jaws of Hell" (1930) before receiving his ... Read more »
Born: 10/07/1912 in London, England, GB

Filmography

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The Dark Crystal 1982 (Movie)

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The Great Muppet Caper 1981 (Movie)

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Escape to Athena 1979 (Movie)

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Golden Rendezvous 1976 (Movie)

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The Day of the Jackal 1973 (Movie)

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The Odessa File 1973 (Movie)

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To Kill a Clown 1972 (Movie)

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Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1969 (Movie)

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Oliver! 1968 (Movie)

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A Man For All Seasons 1966 (Movie)

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The Bible 1965 (Movie)

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The Ceremony 1963 (Movie)

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Freud 1962 (Movie)

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Macbeth 1960 - 1961 (TV Show)

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The Savage Innocents 1961 (Movie)

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Room at the Top 1959 (Movie)

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The Story of Esther Costello 1957 (Movie)

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Alexander the Great 1956 (Movie)

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Carrington V.C. 1955 (Movie)

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Three Men in a Boat 1955 (Movie)

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The Good Die Young 1954 (Movie)

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Beat the Devil 1953 (Movie)

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Moulin Rouge 1953 (Movie)

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The African Queen 1952 (Movie)

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Pandora and the Flying Dutchman 1951 (Movie)

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Biography

London-born Ralph Kemplen began his career as a teenager working on silent films like "The Return of the Rat" (1929). He also worked on the partial sound feature, "Balaclava/The Jaws of Hell" (1930) before receiving his first screen credit for "Frightened Lady" (1932). After working for the British Ministry of Information editing documentaries during WWII, Kemplen came into his own as an editor in the 1950s, particularly with his work for John Huston. His deft cutting of "The African Queen" (1951) particularly enhanced the endemic tension of the numerous hazards of the journey. He and Huston went on to work on "Moulin Rouge" (1952), which brought Kemplen the first of three Oscar nominations, "Beat the Devil" (1953), "Freud" (1962) and "The Bible" (1966). Other notable films to which he contributed were Fred Zinneman's Oscar-winning "A Man for All Seasons" (1966) and "The Day of the Jackal" (1972), Carol Reed's musical "Oliver!" (1968) and Jim Henson's "The Great Muppet Caper" (1981). Kemplen also directed one film, "The Spaniard's Curse" (1958).

EDUCATION

dropped out of school at age 16

Milestones

1982

Final film, "The Dark Crystal"

1972

Received third Oscar nomination for "The Day of the Jackal"

1968

Nominated for a Best Editing Oscar for "Oliver!"

1952

Received first of three Oscar nominations for John Huston's "Moulin Rouge"

1932

First credit as editor, "Frightened Lady"

1929

Worked on the crew for the silent "Return of the Rat"

Worked as editor of documentaries for the British Ministry of Information during WWII

After dropping out of school, found work at Gainsborough Studios

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