First worked in Hollywood as a lab assistant, beginning in the early 1920s
Later worked as a lab assistant
First feature credits as cinematographer, "Atta Boy"; screen credit shared with William Reese and Blake Wagner
Shot four films in collaboration with cinematographer Ernest Miller, "Sunshine of Paradise Alley", "Eager Lips", "The Ladybird" and "Ragtime"
First solo credits as cinematographer, "Pitfalls of Passion" and "Polly of the Movies"
Worked for Columbia Pictures
First worked with actor Carole Lombard on the Columbia feature, "Brief Moment"
Worked for Paramount Pictures
Shot last of ten Carole Lombard pictures, "Fools for Scandal", made while on loan to Warner Bros.
Directed a first feature film, "World Premiere", but otherwise kept working as a cinematographer
Returned briefly to Columbia when he shot four films there
Served as a major in the US Air Corps during WWII (date approximate)
Joined RKO; first film there, "The Enchanted Cottage" (1945) (date approximate)
Last credit as cinematographer, "Notorious", an RKO film directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Became a director full-time at RKO with "Riffraff"
Directed his best-known feature film, "The Window", a hit at the box office in its day
Left RKO and freelanced for his remaining few feature credits
Was one of the five directors of the episodic travel documentary, "Seven Wonders of the World", shot in the widescreen process Cinerama
Directed for the NBC/ABC TV anthology series, "Screen Director's Playhouse"; credited as Ted R. Tetzlaff (date approximate)
Directed last film, "The Young Land"
Excerpt Tetzlaff directed from "Seven Wonders of the World" used in the compilation documentary, "The Best of Cinerama"