William A. Seiter

William A. Seiter

Known for: Directing
Birthday: 1890-06-10
Deathday: 1964-07-26 (74 years old)

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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, and 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.

Filmography

All 113

Director 111

Movies 107

TV Shows 6

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The World of Abbott and Costello

The World of Abbott and Costello (1965)

Movie
Director
The Gale Storm Show

The Gale Storm Show (1956)

TV Show
Director
The 20th Century Fox Hour

The 20th Century Fox Hour (1955)

TV Show
Director
Screen Director's Playhouse

Screen Director's Playhouse (1955)

TV Show
Director
The Millionaire

The Millionaire (1955)

TV Show
Director
Make Haste to Live

Make Haste to Live (1954)

Movie
4.75
Director
Champ for a Day

Champ for a Day (1953)

Movie
Director
The Lady Wants Mink

The Lady Wants Mink (1953)

Movie
Director
Cavalcade of America

Cavalcade of America (1952)

TV Show
Director
Four Star Playhouse

Four Star Playhouse (1952)

TV Show
Director
Dear Brat

Dear Brat (1951)

Movie
Director
Borderline

Borderline (1950)

Movie
Director
One Touch of Venus

One Touch of Venus (1948)

Movie
Director
Up in Central Park

Up in Central Park (1948)

Movie
Director
I'll Be Yours

I'll Be Yours (1947)

Movie
Director
Lover Come Back

Lover Come Back (1946)

Movie
Director
Little Giant

Little Giant (1946)

Movie
Director
That Night with You

That Night with You (1945)

Movie
Director
The Affairs of Susan

The Affairs of Susan (1945)

Movie
Director
It's a Pleasure

It's a Pleasure (1945)

Movie
Director
Belle of the Yukon

Belle of the Yukon (1944)

Movie
Director
Four Jills in a Jeep

Four Jills in a Jeep (1944)

Movie
Director
Destroyer

Destroyer (1943)

Movie
Director
A Lady Takes a Chance

A Lady Takes a Chance (1943)

Movie
Director
You Were Never Lovelier

You Were Never Lovelier (1942)

Movie
Director
Broadway

Broadway (1942)

Movie
Director
Appointment for Love

Appointment for Love (1941)

Movie
Director
Nice Girl?

Nice Girl? (1941)

Movie
Director
Hired Wife

Hired Wife (1940)

Movie
Director
It's a Date

It's a Date (1940)

Movie
Director
Allegheny Uprising

Allegheny Uprising (1939)

Movie
1
Director
Susannah of the Mounties

Susannah of the Mounties (1939)

Movie
Director
The Little Princess

The Little Princess (1939)

Movie
Director
Thanks for Everything

Thanks for Everything (1938)

Movie
Director
Room Service

Room Service (1938)

Movie
4.5
Director
Three Blind Mice

Three Blind Mice (1938)

Movie
Director
Sally, Irene and Mary

Sally, Irene and Mary (1938)

Movie
Director
Life Begins in College

Life Begins in College (1937)

Movie
Director
The Life of the Party

The Life of the Party (1937)

Movie
Director
This Is My Affair

This Is My Affair (1937)

Movie
Director
Stowaway

Stowaway (1936)

Movie
Director
Dimples

Dimples (1936)

Movie
Director
The Case Against Mrs. Ames

The Case Against Mrs. Ames (1936)

Movie
Director
The Moon's Our Home

The Moon's Our Home (1936)

Movie
Director
If You Could Only Cook

If You Could Only Cook (1935)

Movie
Director
In Person

In Person (1935)

Movie
Director
Orchids to You

Orchids to You (1935)

Movie
Director
The Daring Young Man

The Daring Young Man (1935)

Movie
Director
Roberta

Roberta (1935)

Movie
6.83
Director
The Richest Girl in the World

The Richest Girl in the World (1934)

Movie
Director
We're Rich Again

We're Rich Again (1934)

Movie
Director
Love Birds

Love Birds (1934)

Movie
Director
Sing and Like it

Sing and Like it (1934)

Movie
Director
Sons of the Desert

Sons of the Desert (1933)

Movie
10
Director
Chance at Heaven

Chance at Heaven (1933)

Movie
Director
Rafter Romance

Rafter Romance (1933)

Movie
Director
Professional Sweetheart

Professional Sweetheart (1933)

Movie
Director
Diplomaniacs

Diplomaniacs (1933)

Movie
Director
Hello, Everybody!

Hello, Everybody! (1933)

Movie
Director
If I Had a Million

If I Had a Million (1932)

Movie
Director
Hot Saturday

Hot Saturday (1932)

Movie
Director
Is My Face Red?

Is My Face Red? (1932)

Movie
Director
Young Bride

Young Bride (1932)

Movie
Director
Girl Crazy

Girl Crazy (1932)

Movie
Director
Peach-o-Reno

Peach-o-Reno (1931)

Movie
Director
Way Back Home

Way Back Home (1931)

Movie
Director
Caught Plastered

Caught Plastered (1931)

Movie
Director
Too Many Cooks

Too Many Cooks (1931)

Movie
Director
Big Business Girl

Big Business Girl (1931)

Movie
Director
The Aviator

The Aviator (1931)

Movie
Director
Kiss Me Again

Kiss Me Again (1931)

Movie
Director
Going Wild

Going Wild (1930)

Movie
Director
Sunny

Sunny (1930)

Movie
Director
The Truth About Youth

The Truth About Youth (1930)

Movie
Director
Back Pay

Back Pay (1930)

Movie
Director
The Flirting Widow

The Flirting Widow (1930)

Movie
Director
Strictly Modern

Strictly Modern (1930)

Movie
Director
The Love Racket

The Love Racket (1929)

Movie
Director
Footlights and Fools

Footlights and Fools (1929)

Movie
Director
Smiling Irish Eyes

Smiling Irish Eyes (1929)

Movie
Director
Prisoners

Prisoners (1929)

Movie
Director
Why Be Good?

Why Be Good? (1929)

Movie
Director
Synthetic Sin

Synthetic Sin (1929)

Movie
Director
Outcast

Outcast (1928)

Movie
Director
Waterfront

Waterfront (1928)

Movie
Director
Happiness Ahead

Happiness Ahead (1928)

Movie
Director
Good Morning, Judge

Good Morning, Judge (1928)

Movie
Director
The Small Bachelor

The Small Bachelor (1927)

Movie
Director
Out All Night

Out All Night (1927)

Movie
Director
The Cheerful Fraud

The Cheerful Fraud (1926)

Movie
Director
Take It from Me

Take It from Me (1926)

Movie
Director
Rolling Home

Rolling Home (1926)

Movie
Director
Skinner's Dress Suit

Skinner's Dress Suit (1926)

Movie
Director
What Happened to Jones

What Happened to Jones (1926)

Movie
Director
The Teaser

The Teaser (1925)

Movie
Director
Where Was I?

Where Was I? (1925)

Movie
Director
Dangerous Innocence

Dangerous Innocence (1925)

Movie
Director
The Mad Whirl

The Mad Whirl (1925)

Movie
Director
The Fast Worker

The Fast Worker (1924)

Movie
Director
Helen's Babies

Helen's Babies (1924)

Movie
Director
The Family Secret

The Family Secret (1924)

Movie
Director
His Forgotten Wife

His Forgotten Wife (1924)

Movie
Director
The White Sin

The White Sin (1924)

Movie
Director
Daddies

Daddies (1924)

Movie
Director
Little Church Around the Corner

Little Church Around the Corner (1923)

Movie
Director
Bell Boy 13

Bell Boy 13 (1923)

Movie
Director
When Love Comes

When Love Comes (1922)

Movie
Director
The Beautiful and Damned

The Beautiful and Damned (1922)

Movie
Director
Gay and Devilish

Gay and Devilish (1922)

Movie
Director
The Foolish Age

The Foolish Age (1921)

Movie
Director
Camouflage

Camouflage (1918)

Movie
Director
Oh! What a Day

Oh! What a Day (1918)

Movie
The Mail Carrier
Pierre of the North

Pierre of the North (1913)

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Information

Known for
Directing

Gender
Male

Birthday
1890-06-10

Deathday
1964-07-26 (74 years old)

Place of birth
New York City, United States of America

Relationships
Laura La Plante (1926-01-01 - 1934-03-01), Marian Nixon (1934-01-01 - 1964-07-26)

Citizenships
United States of America

Also known as
William Alfred Seiter, William Seiter

Awards
star on Hollywood Walk of Fame


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