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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, 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.​

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.​

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 92

Birthday 1890-06-10

Day of Death 1964-07-26

Place of Birth New York, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • 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 LiveDirector
1953 Champ for a DayDirector
1953 The Lady Wants MinkDirector
1952 Cavalcade of America(2 episodes)Director
1952 Four Star Playhouse(1 episode)Director
1951 Dear BratDirector
1950 BorderlineDirector
1948 Up in Central ParkDirector
1948 One Touch of VenusDirector
1947 I'll Be YoursDirector
1946 Lover Come BackDirector
1946 Little GiantDirector
1945 That Night with YouDirector
1945 The Affairs of SusanDirector
1945 It's a PleasureDirector
1944 Belle of the YukonDirector
1944 Four Jills in a JeepDirector
1943 DestroyerDirector
1943 A Lady Takes a ChanceDirector
1942 You Were Never LovelierDirector
1942 BroadwayDirector
1941 Appointment for LoveDirector
1941 Nice Girl?Director
1940 Hired WifeDirector
1940 It's a DateDirector
1939 Allegheny UprisingDirector
1939 Susannah of the MountiesDirector
1938 Thanks for EverythingDirector
1938 Room ServiceDirector
1938 Three Blind MiceDirector
1938 Sally, Irene and MaryDirector
1937 Life Begins in CollegeDirector
1937 The Life of the PartyDirector
1937 This Is My AffairDirector
1936 StowawayDirector
1936 DimplesDirector
1936 The Case Against Mrs. AmesDirector
1936 The Moon's Our HomeDirector
1935 If You Could Only CookDirector
1935 In PersonDirector
1935 Orchids to YouDirector
1935 The Daring Young ManDirector
1935 RobertaDirector
1934 The Richest Girl in the WorldDirector
1934 We're Rich AgainDirector
1934 Love BirdsDirector
1934 Sing and Like itDirector
1933 Sons of the DesertDirector
1933 Chance at HeavenDirector
1933 Rafter RomanceDirector
1933 Professional SweetheartDirector
1933 DiplomaniacsDirector
1933 Hello, Everybody!Director
1932 If I Had a MillionDirector
1932 Hot SaturdayDirector
1932 Is My Face Red?Director
1932 Young BrideDirector
1932 Girl CrazyDirector
1931 Peach-O-RenoDirector
1931 Way Back HomeDirector
1931 Caught PlasteredDirector
1931 Too Many CooksDirector
1931 Big Business GirlDirector
1931 Kiss Me AgainDirector
1930 Going WildDirector
1930 SunnyDirector
1930 The Truth About YouthDirector
1930 Back PayDirector
1930 The Flirting WidowDirector
1929 Footlights and FoolsDirector
1929 Smiling Irish EyesDirector
1929 PrisonersDirector
1929 Why Be Good?Director
1929 Synthetic SinDirector
1927 The Small BachelorDirector
1926 The Cheerful FraudDirector
1926 Skinner's Dress SuitDirector
1926 What Happened to JonesDirector
1926 Bell Boy 13Director
1925 Where Was I?Director
1925 The Mad WhirlDirector
1924 The Fast WorkerDirector
1924 Helen's BabiesDirector
1924 The Family SecretDirector
1924 The White SinDirector
1923 Little Church Around the CornerDirector
1918 CamouflageDirector
1918 Oh! What a DayDirector

Production

1953 Champ for a DayProducer
1953 The Lady Wants MinkAssociate Producer
1944 Belle of the YukonProducer
1940 Hired WifeProducer
1930 The Flirting WidowProducer

Writing

1918 Oh! What a DayWriter

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