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Ralston, Gilbert

Entry updated 9 January 2023. Tagged: Author.

(1912-1999) Northern Ireland-born screenwriter and author, in America for many years, who may have sometimes written as by Stephen Gilbert (see Stephen Gilbert for discussion of the resulting confusion). It was, however, under his own name that Ralston wrote the screenplay for Willard (1971), the film of the 1968 novel by the "real" Stephen Gilbert, and for the sequel, Ben (script 1971; novelization 1972); in the 1970s he wrote several Westerns, also under his own name. [JC]

Gilbert Alexander Ralston

born Newcastle, County Down, Northern Ireland: 5 January 1912

died Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: 18 March 1999


  • Ben (Los Angeles, California: Bing Crosby Productions Limited, 1971) [script: tie: for the film: Ben (1971): pb/]
  • Ben (New York: Bantam Books, 1972) [tie to the film: Ben (1971): pb/]


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