William A. Seiter

Director · Producer · Writer
IVA Star Rating : 44
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. William A. Seiter (June 10, 1890 - July 26, 1964) was an American film director. He was born in New York City. After attending Hudson River Military Academy, Seiter broke into films in 1915 as a bit player at Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios, doubling a cowboy. He graduated to director in 1918. At Universal... read more

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. William A. Seiter (June 10, 1890 - July 26, 1964) was an American film director. He was born in New York City. After attending Hudson River Military Academy, Seiter broke into films in 1915 as a bit player at Mack Sennett's Keystone Studios, doubling a cowboy. He graduated to director in 1918. At Universal Studios in the mid-1920s, Seiter was principal director of the popular Reginald Denny vehicles, most of which co-starred Seiter's then wife Laura La Plante (his second wife was actress Marian Nixon). This period also included The Beautiful and Damned and The Family Secret. In the early talkie era, Seiter helped nurture the talents of RKO's comedy duo Wheeler & Woolsey in such rollicking features as Caught Plastered (1931) and Diplomaniacs (1933). He also directed the Laurel and Hardy feature Sons of the Desert (1933), their only film together. Other films include Sunny, Going Wild, Kiss Me Again, Hot Saturday, Way Back Home, Girl Crazy, Rafter Romance, Roberta, Room Service, Susannah of the Mounties, Allegheny Uprising, You Were Never Lovelier, Up in Central Park, One Touch of Venus. Among the many stars directed by Seiter during his long career were Shirley Temple, Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Henry Fonda, Margaret Sullavan, Jack Haley, Deanna Durbin, Jean Arthur, John Wayne, Fred MacMurray, Lucille Ball, Rita Hayworth and the Marx Brothers. While many of his films were minor gems, Seiter was capable of turning out bad movies once in a while. For example, if he ran into friction from his star—as was the case with Lou Costello in 1946's Little Giant -- Seiter would get even by adhering religiously to the script, refusing to add any nuance or creativity to the project (this pettiness may have been the reason that one prominent actress of the 1930s referred to Seiter as the most unimaginative director she'd ever worked with). On his final four films, before he retired in 1954, Seiter functioned as both producer and director. These films included The Lady Wants Mink (1953), a gentle satire of the then topical "raise your own coat" craze. He died in Beverly Hills, California, of a heart attack, aged 74. Description above from the Wikipedia article William A. Seiter, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.​

Birth Name

William Alfred Seiter

Born

Tuesday, 10 June 1890

Died

Sunday, 26 July 1964

Actor Filmography

Screen Directors Playhouse Self - in Prologue 1955
Synthetic Sin Policeman 1929
Life in Hollywood No. 4 Self 1927
(see additional filmography)

Actor Filmography

Screen Directors Playhouse Self - in Prologue 1955
Synthetic Sin Policeman 1929
Life in Hollywood No. 4 Self 1927

Director Filmography

The World of Abbott and Costello 1965
The Alaskans 1959
Love That Jill 1958
The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna 1956
Screen Directors Playhouse 1955
The 20th Century-Fox Hour 1955
Stage 7 1955
The Millionaire 1955
TV Reader's Digest 1955
Make Haste to Live 1954
My Favorite Husband 1953
Champ for a Day 1953
The Lady Wants Mink 1953
Cavalcade of America 1952
Four Star Playhouse 1952
Schlitz Playhouse 1951
Dear Brat 1951
Borderline 1950
One Touch of Venus 1948
Up in Central Park 1948
I'll Be Yours 1947
Lover Come Back 1946
Little Giant 1946
That Night with You 1945
The Affairs of Susan 1945
It's a Pleasure 1945
Belle of the Yukon 1944
Four Jills in a Jeep 1944
A Lady Takes a Chance 1943
Destroyer 1943
You Were Never Lovelier 1942
Broadway 1942
Appointment for Love 1941
Nice Girl? 1941
Hired Wife 1940
It's a Date 1940
Allegheny Uprising 1939
Susannah of the Mounties 1939
The Little Princess 1939
Thanks for Everything 1938
Room Service 1938
Three Blind Mice 1938
Sally, Irene and Mary 1938
Life Begins in College 1937
The Life of the Party 1937
This Is My Affair 1937
Stowaway 1936
Dimples 1936
The Case Against Mrs. Ames 1936
The Moon's Our Home 1936
If You Could Only Cook 1935
In Person 1935
Orchids to You 1935
The Daring Young Man 1935
Roberta 1935
The Richest Girl in the World 1934
We're Rich Again 1934
Sing and Like It 1934
Love Birds 1934
Sons of the Desert 1933
Chance at Heaven 1933
Rafter Romance 1933
Professional Sweetheart 1933
Diplomaniacs 1933
Hello, Everybody! 1933
If I Had a Million 1932
Hot Saturday 1932
Is My Face Red? 1932
Young Bride 1932
Girl Crazy 1932
Peach O'Reno 1931
Way Back Home 1931
Caught Plastered 1931
Too Many Cooks 1931
Big Business Girl 1931
Kiss Me Again 1931
Going Wild 1930
Sunny 1930
The Truth About Youth 1930
Back Pay 1930
The Flirting Widow 1930
Footlights and Fools 1929
Why Be Good? 1929
Synthetic Sin 1929
The Small Bachelor 1927
The Cheerful Fraud 1927
Rolling Home 1926
Skinner's Dress Suit 1926
Where Was I? 1925
The Mad Whirl 1925
Helen's Babies 1924
The Family Secret 1924
Listen Lester 1924
Little Church Around the Corner 1923
Bell Boy 13 1923
Eden and Return 1921

Producer Filmography

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