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Ralph Spence

Highest Rated:   100% King Solomon's Mines (1937)
Lowest Rated:   83% The Flying Deuces (1939)
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"All bad little films when they die go to Ralph Spence." So read the Hollywood trade-paper advertisement of this former Houston journalist, who entered movies as a film editor in 1921. By the mid-'20s, Spence was firmly established as one of Hollywood's top title writers, supplying clever, witty dialogue for such silent film favorites as Wallace Beery, Raymond Hatton, and Marie Dressler. He was also famous as a "film doctor," rearranging scenes and rewriting subtitles in order to make poor films good and good films great. Legend has it that he once completely altered the mood and tone of a mediocre melodrama by reworking one single introductory title, transforming the villain's mistress into his maiden aunt. Many of his "gag" titles became classics: In 1927's The Callahans and the Murphys, for example, he has a drunken woman exclaim, "This stuff makes me see double and feel single!" Reportedly, Spence was considered so valuable a Hollywood commodity that he earned 10,000 dollars a picture; he was also the first title writer to receive separate billing on theater marquees, and at one juncture even starred in his own series of two-reel comedies. In the talkie era, Spence continued to specialize in comedy, collaborating on many of the early Wheeler and Woolsey vehicles at RKO; he was also one of the scenarists on Laurel and Hardy's 1939 "comeback" picture The Flying Deuces. Ralph Spence's final film credit was the 1943 musical Higher and Higher.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Higher and Higher
  • Screenwriter
1943
No Score Yet Around the World
  • Screenwriter
1943
No Score Yet Seven Days' Leave
  • Screenwriter
1942
No Score Yet The Fleet's In
  • Screenwriter
1942
No Score Yet Lady Be Good
  • Screenwriter
1941
83% The Flying Deuces
  • Screenwriter
1939
100% King Solomon's Mines
  • Screenwriter
1937
No Score Yet Where There's a Will
  • Screenwriter
1936
No Score Yet The Big Broadcast of 1936
  • Screenwriter
1935
No Score Yet Here Comes the Band
  • Screenwriter
1935
No Score Yet Cockeyed Cavaliers
  • Screenwriter
1934
No Score Yet Murder in the Private Car
  • Screenwriter
1934
No Score Yet Stand Up and Cheer
  • Screenwriter
1934
No Score Yet The Loudspeaker
  • Screenwriter
1934
No Score Yet Tomorrow at Seven
  • Screenwriter
1933
No Score Yet Mr. Skitch
  • Screenwriter
1933
No Score Yet The Crooked Circle
  • Screenwriter
1932
No Score Yet Speak Easily
  • Screenwriter
1932
No Score Yet Peach-O-Reno
  • Screenwriter
1931
No Score Yet Caught Plastered
  • Screenwriter
1931
No Score Yet Cracked Nuts
  • Screenwriter
1931
No Score Yet Laugh and Get Rich
  • Screenwriter
1931
No Score Yet Hook, Line and Sinker
  • Screenwriter
1930
No Score Yet Half Shot at Sunrise
  • Screenwriter
1930
No Score Yet American Pluck
  • Screenwriter
1925
No Score Yet The Poor Little Rich Girl
  • Screenwriter
1917

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