Friday, March 19, 2010

Deathday: Director Harry B. Lachman "The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe" (1942)

Harry B. Lachman (June 29, 1886 - March 19, 1975) was a American artist, set designer, and film director.

Born La Salle, Illinois, Lachman was educated at the University of Michigan before becoming a magazine illustrator. 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 "Baby Take a Bow," "Dante's Inferno," "Our Relations," "Dr. Renault's Secret," and "The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe (1942)."

Lachman returned to painting in the 1940s.


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