Ralph Graves

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Birthday: Jan 23, 1900
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
In films from the age of 17, American actor Ralph Graves was a handsome, strapping young man who was most comfortable in comedy. Graves enjoyed a long-term contract with Mack Sennett studios in the early '20s, where he was one of the few stars that wasn't a "grotesque." Indeed, many of Graves' Sennett two-reelers are romantic comedy-dramas, with virtually no slapstick. During his Sennett stint, Graves befriended studio gagman Frank Capra. Upon graduating to director, Capra reciprocated Grave's kindnesses by casting him in leading-man roles in several Columbia silent features. From 1928 through 1931, Graves was co-starred with Jack Holt in a group of rugged Capra-directed adventure films, in which the two stars were usually at each other's throats over a pretty girl. Capra continued top-billing Graves in his earliest talking films, even though the actor's flat, colorless speaking voice didn't match his "up and at 'em" screen personality. But Graves was never fully dedicated to acting anyway; a frustrated writer, he was forever pushing his story ideas upon studio executives. Occasionally he'd be allowed to direct as well as write his own silent vehicles (Rich Men's Sons [1926], Fatal Warning [1928]); Graves also contributed the script for one of his Capra films, Flight (1928). In talkies, Graves continued pursuing his writing career, turning producer for a few minor features towards the end of the '30s. In his last screen appearances, which he accepted in order to finance his producing assignments, it is apparent that Ralph Graves had lost most of his enthusiasm for reciting lines. Playing the lead in the serial The Black Coin (1935), Graves at one point says "The plane's on fire!" in a tone of bored disinterest, just as if the plane caught fire every day around this time.



No Score Yet Alimony George Griswold/Curtis P. Carter 1949
No Score Yet Batman and Robin Winslow Harrison 1949
No Score Yet Speed Limited Screenwriter Jerry Paley 1940
No Score Yet Eternally Yours Mr. Morrissey 1939
No Score Yet Three Texas Steers George Ward 1939
No Score Yet Black Coin Agent Walter Prescott 1936
No Score Yet Born to Be Bad Screenwriter 1934
No Score Yet Ticket to a Crime Clay Holt 1934
No Score Yet Huddle Coach Malcolm 1932
No Score Yet Dirigible Lt. `Frisky' Pierce 1931
No Score Yet Ladies of Leisure Jerry Strong 1930
No Score Yet That Certain Thing Andy B. Charles, Jr. 1928
No Score Yet The Extra Girl Dave Giddings 1923
No Score Yet Come On Over Actor 1922
No Score Yet Dream Street James "Spike" McFadden 1921
No Score Yet The Greatest Question John Hilton, Jr. 1919
No Score Yet White Heather Alec McClintock 1919
No Score Yet Flight Actor


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