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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.

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, 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.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 96

Birthday 1890-06-10

Day of Death 1964-07-26

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • William Alfred Seiter
  • William Seiter

Directing TV ShowsMovies

1956 The Gale Storm Show (10 episodes)Director
1955 Screen Director's Playhouse (1 episode)Director
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour (1 episode)Director
1955 The Millionaire (2 episodes)Director
1954 Make Haste to Live Director
1953 Champ for a Day Director
1953 The Lady Wants Mink Director
1952 Cavalcade of America (2 episodes)Director
1952 Four Star Playhouse (1 episode)Director
1951 Dear Brat Director
1950 Borderline Director
1948 Up in Central Park Director
1948 One Touch of Venus Director
1947 I'll Be Yours Director
1946 Lover Come Back Director
1946 Little Giant Director
1945 That Night with You Director
1945 The Affairs of Susan Director
1945 It's a Pleasure Director
1944 Belle of the Yukon Director
1944 Four Jills in a Jeep Director
1943 Destroyer Director
1943 A Lady Takes a Chance Director
1942 You Were Never Lovelier Director
1942 Broadway Director
1941 Appointment for Love Director
1941 Nice Girl? Director
1940 Hired Wife Director
1940 It's a Date Director
1939 Allegheny Uprising Director
1939 Susannah of the Mounties Director
1938 Thanks for Everything Director
1938 Room Service Director
1938 Three Blind Mice Director
1938 Sally, Irene and Mary Director
1937 Life Begins in College Director
1937 The Life of the Party Director
1937 This Is My Affair Director
1936 Stowaway Director
1936 Dimples Director
1936 The Case Against Mrs. Ames Director
1936 The Moon's Our Home Director
1935 If You Could Only Cook Director
1935 In Person Director
1935 Orchids to You Director
1935 The Daring Young Man Director
1935 Roberta Director
1934 The Richest Girl in the World Director
1934 We're Rich Again Director
1934 Love Birds Director
1934 Sing and Like it Director
1933 Sons of the Desert Director
1933 Chance at Heaven Director
1933 Rafter Romance Director
1933 Professional Sweetheart Director
1933 Diplomaniacs Director
1933 Hello, Everybody! Director
1932 If I Had a Million Director
1932 Hot Saturday Director
1932 Is My Face Red? Director
1932 Young Bride Director
1932 Girl Crazy Director
1931 Peach-O-Reno Director
1931 Way Back Home Director
1931 Caught Plastered Director
1931 Too Many Cooks Director
1931 Big Business Girl Director
1931 Kiss Me Again Director
1931 L'aviateur Director
1930 Going Wild Director
1930 Sunny Director
1930 The Truth About Youth Director
1930 Back Pay Director
1930 The Flirting Widow Director
1929 Footlights and Fools Director
1929 Smiling Irish Eyes Director
1929 Prisoners Director
1929 Why Be Good? Director
1929 Synthetic Sin Director
1928 Outcast Director
1927 The Small Bachelor Director
1926 The Cheerful Fraud Director
1926 Rolling Home Director
1926 Skinner's Dress Suit Director
1926 What Happened to Jones Director
1926 Bell Boy 13 Director
1925 Where Was I? Director
1925 The Mad Whirl Director
1924 The Fast Worker Director
1924 Helen's Babies Director
1924 The Family Secret Director
1924 The White Sin Director
1923 Little Church Around the Corner Director
1921 The Foolish Age Director
1918 Camouflage Director
1918 Oh! What a Day Director

Production

1953 Champ for a Day Producer
1953 The Lady Wants Mink Associate Producer
1944 Belle of the Yukon Producer
1940 Hired Wife Producer
1930 The Flirting Widow Producer

Writing

1921 The Foolish Age Writer
1918 Oh! What a Day Writer

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