Block, Ralph, 1889-1974Alternative names
Ralph Block was born June 21, 1889. He was the general representative of the Office of War Information in India from 1942 to 1946, and the director of the General Staff, Policy and Plans Division of the International Information Administration at the U.S. Department of State from 1952 to 1953. Block was also a writer and a film producer. He died on January 2, 1974.
From the description of Block, Ralph, 1889-1974 (U.S. National Archives and Records Administration). naId: 10569718
Journalist, motion picture producer, screenwriter, and public official. Full name Ralph Joseph Block.
From the description of Papers of Ralph Block, 1872-1971 (bulk 1906-1971). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71069090
1889, June 21:
Born, Cherokee, Iowa
Married Mary Greenacre (died 1972)
B.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich. Reporter, Louisville Courier-Journal Reporter, Detroit News
1912- 1917: Drama editor, Kansas City Star
1917- 1918: Washington staff writer, New Republic
1918- 1919: Washington correspondent, New York Tribune
1919- 1922: Associate editor, Goldwyn Picture Corp.
1926- 1927: Editor-in-chief, Paramount-Famous Players-Lasky Corp.
1927- 1928: Associate producer, Pathe Studios
Producer, Fox Film Corp.
1929- 1937: Freelance screenwriter, Beverly Hills, Calif., and Europe
1932- 1935: President, Screen Writers' Guild
Awarded Oscar for Motion Picture Relief Fund activities
Secretary, Hollywood for Roosevelt campaign drive
Assistant regional director, Federal Ninth Civilian Defense Region, San Francisco, Calif.
1943- 1945: General representative, Office of War Information, India
1945- 1946: Chief Public Affairs Officer, American Mission, India
Awarded Medal of Freedom for outstanding service, 1943-1945
1954- 1960: Special advisor to director, Information Center Service Chief, Bibliographic Division, United States Information Agency
1960- 1963: Book reviewer, Washington Post
1974, Jan. 2:
Died, Washington, D.C.
From the guide to the Ralph Block Papers, 1872-1971, (bulk 1906-1971), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)
- Motion picture producers and directors
- Public officials
- Motion picture producers