Ralph Thomas

Director, Clapper boy, Assistant editor
Ralph Thomas was a prolific English director of film comedies. His best-known work is the "Doctor" series, which spanned from "Doctor in the House" in 1954 to "Doctor in Trouble" in 1970. The movies were adapted from ... Read more »
Born: 08/10/1915 in Yorkshire, England, GB

Filmography

Director (23)

Young Ivanhoe 1994 (Movie)

(Director)

A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

It's Not the Size That Counts 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

Doctor in Trouble 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Some Girls Do 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Deadlier Than the Male 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Doctor in Clover 1967 (Movie)

(Director)

Agent 8 3/4 1965 (Movie)

(Director)

The High Bright Sun 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wild and the Willing 1964 (Movie)

(Director)

Doctor in Distress 1962 (Movie)

(Director)

No, My Darling Daughter 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

No Love For Johnnie 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

A Tale of Two Cities 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The 39 Steps 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Wind Cannot Read 1957 (Movie)

(Director)

Doctor at Large 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

The Iron Petticoat 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Doctor in the House 1955 (Movie)

(Director)

Doctor at Sea 1954 (Movie)

(Director)

Helter Skelter (Movie)

(Director)

The Clouded Yellow (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (6)

Shoot Me 1987 (Movie)

(Co-Producer)

Pop Pirates 1983 (Movie)

(Producer)

It's Not the Size That Counts 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Wild and the Willing 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

The 39 Steps 1958 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Wind Cannot Read 1957 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (2)

BeastMaster 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

Writer

Vendetta II: The New Mafia (TV Show)

Screenplay
Actor (2)

The Lawyer 1969 (Movie)

Mike Peterson (Actor)

Fate Is the Hunter 1964 (Movie)

Reporter (Actor)

Biography

Ralph Thomas was a prolific English director of film comedies. His best-known work is the "Doctor" series, which spanned from "Doctor in the House" in 1954 to "Doctor in Trouble" in 1970. The movies were adapted from the "Doctor" novels by Richard Gordon, and most of them starred Dirk Bogarde as Dr. Simon Sparrow and James Robertson Justice as Sir Lancelot Spratt. The series, set in a London teaching hospital, proffered ample doses of romantic mischief and was a popular hit. "Doctor at Sea", from 1955, co-starred Brigitte Bardot in her early years, earning a BAFTA nomination for Best British Screenplay. Thomas' most critically successful film, 1961's "No Love for Johnnie", was one of his few dramas; Peter Finch earned a Best Actor BAFTA for his starring role, and the film itself was nominated for a Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival. Thomas' naughty later work included 1971's "Percy", from 1971, and 1974's "It's Not the Size that Counts", both comedies about male organ transplants. Thomas' brother Gerald was also a successful director, helming his own, larger franchise of sorts, the "Carry On" comedy series of the '60s and '70s. Thomas passed away at age 85, but his son Jeremy continued partly in his father's footsteps, working as a producer on edgier independent films.

Relationships

Jeremy Thomas

Son

Gerald Thomas

Brother

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