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Harry Beaumont (February 10, 1888 – December 22, 1966) was an American film director, actor, and screenwriter. He worked for a variety of production companies including Fox, Goldwyn, Metro, Warner Brothers, and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.

Harry Beaumont
Harry Beaumont 1921.jpg
Born (1888-02-10)February 10, 1888
Abilene, Kansas, U.S.
Died December 22, 1966(1966-12-22) (aged 78)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Resting place Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale
Nationality American
Occupation Director, actor, screenwriter
Years active 1911–1948
Spouse(s) Hazel Daly
Children 2
Beaumont directing a scene for the film A Man and His Money (1919)



Beaumont's greatest successes were during the silent film era, when he directed films including John Barrymore's Beau Brummel (1924) and the silent youth movie Our Dancing Daughters (1928), featuring Joan Crawford. He then directed MGM's first talkie musical, The Broadway Melody (1929). The latter film won the Best Picture Academy Award that year, and Beaumont was nominated for Best Director.

Personal lifeEdit

Beaumont was married to actress Hazel Daly.[1] The couple had twin daughters Anne and Geraldine, born in 1922.[2][3]


On December 22, 1966, Beaumont died at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California.[4] He was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale.

Selected filmographyEdit

Beaumont directing Bryant Washburn and Hazel Daly in Filling His Own Shoes (1917)




  1. ^ "Musical Shows Seen As Field For Sound Film". St. Petersburg Times. January 13, 1929. p. 7. Retrieved February 20, 2013.
  2. ^ "Harry Beaumont Proud Father of Twin Girls". The Baltimore Sun. September 17, 1922. p. D5.
  3. ^ Weaver, Sylva (April 11, 1939). "Eastertide Divides Desert Folk". The Los Angeles Times. p. A5.
  4. ^ "Funeral Set for Harry Beaumont". The Los Angeles Times. December 24, 1966. p. B3.

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