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William A. Seiter

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William A Seiter June 10, 1890 – July 26, 1964 was an American film director


  • 1 Life and career
  • 2 Filmography
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

Life and careeredit

Seiter 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, Barbara Stanwyck, Jack Haley, Deanna Durbin, Jean Arthur, John Wayne, Fred MacMurray, Lucille Ball, Rita Hayworth and the Marx Brothers

As a director, on occasion, 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 Seiter was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California1 His grandson, with Nixon, is screenwriter Ted Griffin

Most of the films Seiter directed with the Wheeler/Woolsey duo have been released on two DVDs by Warner Archive2



  1. ^ William A Seiter at Find a Grave
  2. ^ Kehr, Dave 2 March 2013 "DVD Ribaldry Before the Code" The New York Times Retrieved 30 March 2013 

External linksedit

  • Works by or about William A Seiter at Internet Archive
  • William A Seiter on Internet Movie Database

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