Born in Virginia and educated in Europe, Edward H. Griffith started out as a newspaper reporter, then switched to magazine writing. He took to the Broadway stage, and entered films as an actor/writer for the Edison Co. in 1915. He soon began directing two-reelers, graduating to features in 1917. Though the majority of his output was routine, he did turn out a string of smooth, successful romantic comedies in the late 1930s, several showcasing the icy, regal beauty of Madeleine Carroll.