Harold FRENCH (1897-1997)

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THIS IS YOUR LIFE - Harold French, actor and film director, was surprised by Eamonn Andrews at Thames Television’s Euston Road Studios.


London-born Harold made his name on the stage, both as an actor and director. He crossed over to films; making his screen debut in 1920. He became a director shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War, and had success with titles such as Secret Mission and My Brother Jonathan.


He directed his last film, The Man Who Loved Redheads in 1955 and returned to directing for the theatre, retiring in 1963.

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programme details...

  • Edition No: 282
  • Subject No: 284
  • Broadcast: Wed 27 May 1970
  • Broadcast time: 7-7.30pm
  • Recorded: Wed 13 May 1970
  • Venue: Euston Road Studios
  • Series: 10
  • Edition: 26

on the guest list...

  • Richard Briers
  • Mary De Weck - sister
  • Grace Seppings
  • Basil Dean
  • Roland Culver
  • Trevor Howard
  • Douglas Fairbanks Jr
  • Peg French - wife
  • Richard Todd
  • Amanda Barrie
  • Robin Hunter
  • Robert Coote
  • James Hayter
  • Cecily Courtnedge
  • Jack Hulbert
  • Rex Harrison
  • Filmed tributes:
  • Kenneth More
  • Terence Rattigan
  • Yolande Turner
  • Brian Murray

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production team...

  • Researcher:
  • Writers: David Carter, Alan Haire
  • Director: Margery Baker
  • Producer: Robert Tyrell
names listed in bold indicate subjects of This Is Your Life
Series 10 subjects: Des O'Connor > Bobby Charlton > Harry Driver > Twiggy > Honor Blackman > The Beverley Sisters > John Fairfax > Henry Cooper > Jackie Stewart > Jimmy Savile > Arthur Dooley > Wendy Craig > Tony Jacklin > Charlie Cairoli > Richard Evans > Alfie Bass > Jack Good > Joe Mercer > Ronnie Corbett > Colin Milburn > Frankie Vaughan > Lorna Ridgway > Val Doonican > Johnny Speight > Reg Varney > Harold French