Harold French was an English film director, screenwriter and actor.
As an actor, most of his roles occurred between 1912 and 1936, not gaining as much attention as later he would as a director.
He worked as a screenwriter on three of the four films produced by Marcel Hellman's and Douglas Fairbanks Jr.'s production company Criterion Film Productions in the late 1930s, before switching to film direction in 1937, often with Marcel Hellman as producer. From 1940 to 1955 he had a several solid box-office successes as director. This successful period was clouded by the 1941 death of his wife Phyllis in a Luftwaffe bombing raid.
Although he did some TV work after 1955 he appears to have retired from directing and acting after 1963. He died in 1997 at the age of 100.