SMITH, FRANK BEAUMONT (1885-1950), producer, director and exhibitor of films,
was born on 15 August 1885 at Hallett, South Australia, son of Adelaide-born
parents Francis Stringer Smith, postmaster, and his wife Mary Julia, née Blott.
Educated (1893-1900) at East Adelaide Public School, 'Beau' became a journalist,
working briefly on the staff of the Critic and helping to found the Gadfly. By
1908 he was press representative for the theatrical entrepreneur William Anderson.
In 1911 he brought from Europe a troupe of midgets, billed as 'Tiny Town'. At
Ascot Vale, Melbourne, on 11 March that year he married Elsie Fleming with
Presbyterian forms; they were to remain childless. He produced a number of plays
after 1913, some of them Australian and others English.
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