Harry Lachman

Harry B. Lachman (June 29, 1886 – March 19, 1975) was an American artist, set designer, and film director.[1]

Harry Lachman
Born(1886-06-29)June 29, 1886
DiedMarch 19, 1975(1975-03-19) (aged 88)
Burial placeHollywood Forever Cemetery


He was born in La Salle, Illinois on June 29, 1886. Lachman was educated at the University of Michigan before becoming a magazine and book illustrator, contributing 4 colour illustrations to the 1907 work John Smith, Gentleman Adventurer by Charles Harcourt Ainslie Forbes-Lindsay.[2] In 1911, he emigrated to Paris where he earned a substantial reputation as a post impressionist painter and was awarded the Légion d'Honneur by the French government.

Lachman's interest in motion pictures stemmed from his position as a set designer in Nice, leading to work on Mare Nostrum in 1925. He worked as a director in France and England before settling in Hollywood in 1933. His credits include Down Our Street, Baby Take a Bow, Dante's Inferno, Our Relations, and Dr. Renault's Secret.

In 1928 he married Jue Quon Tai.[3] Lachman returned to painting in the 1940s. He died on March 19, 1975.[1]



  1. ^ a b "Harry Lachman, A Film Director. Former Painter Dead at 88 Decorated by French". The New York Times. March 21, 1975. Retrieved 2013-12-30. Harry Lachman, a painter and film director, died yesterday of a heart attack at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 88 years old.
  2. ^ C.H. Forbes-Lindsay, John Smith: Gentleman Adventurer J.B. Lippincott Company, 1907.
  3. ^ "Director Proves Kiplings Wrong" The Newark Advocate, Newark, Ohio, 05 Nov 1932, Sat • Page 5

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