Ralph J. Block
Ralph Block - Dec 1920 EH.jpg
From a 1920 magazine
Born(1889-06-21)June 21, 1889
Cherokee, Iowa, United States
DiedJanuary 2, 1974(1974-01-02) (aged 84)
Wheaton, Maryland, United States
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Film producer/director
Public official[1]
Known forPresident of Screen Writers Guild (1934–35)
Spouse(s)Mary Greenacre[2]
ChildrenBridget Block
Parent(s)E. S. Block
Doris Chraplewski[1]
AwardsHonorary Academy Award

Ralph J. Block (June 21, 1889, Cherokee – January 2, 1974, Wheaton)[3] was an American film producer in the 1920s and became a full-time screenwriter in 1930. He is most famous for being President of the Screen Writers Guild from 1934 to 1935. He received an Honorary Academy Award in 1940 for his dedicated work for the Motion Picture Relief Fund.


Block was born in the City of Cherokee in the Cherokee County of Iowa to E.S. and Doris Block (née Chraplewski).[1]


As producer

Year Title Notes
1926 The Quarterback Producer
1928 Let 'Er Go Gallegher Associate producer
Stand and Deliver Associate producer
The Blue Danube Associate producer
Skyscraper Associate producer
The Cop Producer
Man-Made Women Producer
Power Producer
Celebrity Producer
Show Folks Producer
1929 High Voltage Associate producer
Big News Producer
The Racketeer Producer
Rich People Associate producer
This Thing Called Love Associate producer
His First Command Associate producer
1930 Officer O'Brien Associate producer
Scotland Yard Producer

As Writer

Year Title Notes
1930 The Arizona Kid Story and screenplay
The Sea Wolf
1931 A Holy Terror Adaptation, in collaboration with Alfred A. Cohn and Myron C. Fagan
1933 Before Dawn Screenplay (uncredited)
1934 Massacre Screenplay / story
Dark Hazard Screenplay
Gambling Lady Screenplay
I Am a Thief Story and screenplay
1935 The Right to Live Screenplay
In Caliente Story and adaptation
The Melody Lingers On
1936 Boulder Dam Screenplay
Nobody's Fool
1940 It's a Date Original story
Spy for a Day Screenplay collaboration with Anatole de Grunwald, Emeric Pressburger, and Hans Wilhelm
1945 Patrick the Great Story
1950 Nancy Goes to Rio Movie based on Block's novel


  1. ^ a b c d Lacy, Mary A. United States. Manuscript Division, Library of Congress. Ralph Block Papers: A Finding Aid to the Collection in the Library of Congress. Washington, D.C.: Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, 2009. Web. <http://memory.loc.gov/service/mss/eadxmlmss/eadpdfmss/2009/ms009299.pdf>.
  2. ^ Actornice – catalog of famous artists.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c Ralph Block at IMDb