Screenwriter, TV Program Creator
1908 – 2001
Who was Ralph Smart?
Ralph Smart was a film and television producer, director, and writer, born in England to Australian parents. He found work in Britain with Anthony Asquith and later alongside the film director Michael Powell, whom he assisted with "Quota quickies": low-budget B-pictures to meet a legal commitment to the British industry.
During the Second World War Smart joined the Royal Australian Air Force in 1942 and served until 1945. Afterwards he worked for the Rank Organisation and Ealing Studios, returning to Australia to direct several films including Bitter Springs, addressing the mistreatment of young Aborigines.
Back again in Britain, he became an influential figure in television, remembered as the creator and producer of Danger Man, also known as Secret Agent in the US. He produced, directed or wrote a number of television series and films, including the 1950s series The Adventures of Robin Hood and The Invisible Man.