George Seaton


Director

About

Birth Place
South Bend, Indiana, USA
Born
April 17, 1911
Died
July 28, 1979
Cause of Death
Cancer

Biography

Theatrical producer and actor who joined the MGM writing staff in 1933 and began directing his own films in the mid-1940s. Seaton won Best Screenplay Oscars for "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947) and "The Country Girl" (1955) and is also known for the taut spy thriller, "The Counterfeit Traitor" (1962), and for 1969's opening installment of the "Airport" movies....

Biography

Theatrical producer and actor who joined the MGM writing staff in 1933 and began directing his own films in the mid-1940s. Seaton won Best Screenplay Oscars for "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947) and "The Country Girl" (1955) and is also known for the taut spy thriller, "The Counterfeit Traitor" (1962), and for 1969's opening installment of the "Airport" movies.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Showdown (1973)
Director
Airport (1970)
Director
What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968)
Director
36 Hours (1965)
Director
The Hook (1963)
Director
The Counterfeit Traitor (1962)
Director
The Pleasure of His Company (1961)
Director
Teacher's Pet (1958)
Director
The Proud and Profane (1956)
Director
The Country Girl (1955)
Director
Little Boy Lost (1953)
Director
Anything Can Happen (1952)
Director
For Heaven's Sake (1950)
Director
The Big Lift (1950)
Director
Chicken Every Sunday (1949)
Director
Apartment for Peggy (1948)
Director
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Director
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)
Director
Where Do We Go from Here? (1945)
Director of retakes and addl scenes
Junior Miss (1945)
Director
Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe (1945)
Director

Writer (Feature Film)

Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
Story By
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
Screenplay
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
From Story
Miracle on 34th Street (1973)
From Screenplay
Airport (1970)
Screenwriter
What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968)
Screenwriter
36 Hours (1965)
Screenwriter
The Counterfeit Traitor (1962)
Screenwriter
The Proud and Profane (1956)
Wrt for the Screenplay by
The Country Girl (1955)
Written for Screen by
Little Boy Lost (1953)
Written for Screen by
Anything Can Happen (1952)
Written for Screen by
The Big Lift (1950)
Screenwriter
For Heaven's Sake (1950)
Written for Screen by
Chicken Every Sunday (1949)
Written for Screen by
Apartment for Peggy (1948)
Written for Screen by
The Shocking Miss Pilgrim (1947)
Written for Screen by
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Wrt for the Screenplay by
The Song of Bernadette (1945)
Screenwriter
Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe (1945)
Written for Screen by
Junior Miss (1945)
Screenwriter
The Eve of St. Mark (1944)
Screenwriter
Coney Island (1943)
Original Screenplay
The Meanest Man in the World (1943)
Screenwriter
The Magnificent Dope (1942)
Screenwriter
Ten Gentlemen from West Point (1942)
Additional Dialogue
This Thing Called Love (1941)
Screenwriter
Charley's Aunt (1941)
Screenwriter
That Night in Rio (1941)
Screenwriter
Bedtime Story (1941)
Contr to trmt
Moon Over Miami (1941)
Adaptation
The Doctor Takes A Wife (1940)
Screenwriter
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Contract Writer
A Day at the Races (1937)
Screenwriter
A Day at the Races (1937)
Original Story
The Winning Ticket (1935)
Original Story
Student Tour (1934)
Original Story

Producer (Feature Film)

Showdown (1973)
Producer
What's So Bad About Feeling Good? (1968)
Producer
Twilight of Honor (1963)
Producer
The Rat Race (1960)
Producer
But Not for Me (1959)
Producer
The Tin Star (1957)
Producer
The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1955)
Producer
Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick (1952)
Producer
Somebody Loves Me (1952)
Producer
Rhubarb (1951)
Producer

Production Companies (Feature Film)

Teacher's Pet (1958)
Company
The Proud and Profane (1956)
Company

Life Events

1933

Joined MGM writing staff

1945

Directorial debut "Diamond Horseshoe"

Photo Collections

36 Hours - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are some photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of 36 Hours (1965), starring James Garner, Rod Taylor, and Eva Marie Saint.

Videos

Movie Clip

36 Hours (1964) - London, May 31, 1944 Opening, James Garner as American Pike, with Alan Napier as Col. MacLean and Russell Thorson as Gen. Allison, discussing the upcoming Normandy invasion and ways to find out what the Germans know, in 36 Hours, 1964, co-starring Rod Taylor and Eva Marie Saint.
Shocking Miss Pilgrim, The (1947) - Changing My Tune Brunette and without visible legs throughout this feature, Betty Grable as fictional Cynthia Pilgrim, edgy professional typist, pleased at having found lodging with fellow “social outcasts” in 1874 Boston, offers her first solo from the eleven (!) George and Ira Gershwin originals composed for The Shocking Miss Pilgrim, 1947.
That Night In Rio (1941) - Are You Quite Yourself Now? Brazilians Penna and Salles (S.Z. Sakall, Curt Bois) can't let Baroness Cecilia (Alice Faye) tell American Larry (Don Ameche) that she knows they've hired him to impersonate her husband, their boss, the less charming Baron Manuel, for business reasons, in That Night In Rio, 1941.
Twilight Of Honor (1963) - I Hope He Croaks Just appointed to defend accused killer Ben Brown (Nick Adams), lawyer David (Richard Chamberlain) is introduced by mistake by the jailer to Mrs. Brown (Joey Heatherton, age 19, in her first movie role), who displays little loyalty in the first instance of director Boris Sagal’s flashback technique, in MGM’s Twilight Of Honor, 1963.
Twilight Of Honor (1963) - I Get Somebody Plastered Maybe not too convincing, the MGM lot as a small New Mexico city, where widowed lawyer David (Richard Chamberlain) has been appointed to defend a drifter accused of killing a cop, visiting his mentor (Claude Rains as Harper) and his daughter (Joan Blackman), in Twilight Of Honor, 1963, co-starring Academy Award nominated Nick Adams.
Twilight Of Honor (1963) - What Sort Of Dance Was It? In court now, Nick Adams (as Ben Brown) on trial for the murder of a popular local cop, who had befriended him and his young wife (Joey Heatherton), their encounter recalled in testimony by Arch Johnson as barkeeper MacWade, James Gregory the prosecutor, top-billed Richard Chamberlain for the defense, in MGM’s Twilight Of Honor, 1963.
Apartment For Peggy (1948) - I Play Mental Leapfrog Professor Barnes (Edmund Gwenn), whom we know is happily planning to commit suicide, meets bubbly young Peggy (Jeanne Crain, her first scene), whose husband is at school on the G-I Bill, in Apartment For Peggy, 1948, also starring William Holden, from George Seaton and William Perlberg.
Apartment For Peggy (1948) - Tinker To Evers to Chance Professor Barnes (Edmund Gwenn) who, as far as we know, is still secretly planning to take his own life, is welcomed to his attic, where grateful G-I Bill student Jason (William Holden) and wife Peggy (Jeanne Crain) have just moved in, in Apartment For Peggy, 1948.
36 Hours (1964) - Don't You Know Me? At a German espionage site made to look like an American military hospital six years later, German psychologist Gerber (Rod Taylor) and nurse Anna (Eva Marie Saint) observe as American Pike (James Garner), kidnapped on the eve of D-Day, is awakened, in 36 Hours, 1964.
36 Hours (1964) - Body Departed Lisbon Rapid plot development, as we’ve just seen James Garner as American Major Pike, in Lisbon on a mission, carrying details of the D-Day invasion, drugged by unknown villains, then transported in a coffin, evidently to Germany, where Rod Taylor speaks English, in 36 Hours, 1964.
Song Of Bernadette, The (1945) - If You Go Early Little dialogue in director Henry King's opening, Jennifer Jones (as "Bernadette") makes her official movie debut asleep, mother and father (Anne Revere, Roman Bohnen) fighting poverty in 19th century France, in The Song Of Bernadette, 1945.
Song Of Bernadette, The (1945) - This Girl Is Not Deserving Not bright Bernadette (Jennifer Jones) at school in Lourdes, scolded by her teacher (Gladys Cooper), defended somewhat by her sister (Ermadean Walters), all of them visited by Dean Peymarale (Charles Bickford), early in The Song Of Bernadette, 1945.

Trailer

Bridges At Toko-Ri, The - (Re-Issue Trailer) Two jet pilots forge a lasting friendship while fighting the Korean War in The Bridges At Toko-Ri (1954).
36 Hours - (Original Trailer) James Garner thinks World War II is over but it's all a charade concocted by the Nazis in 36 Hours (1965).
Tin Star, The - (Original Trailer) An experienced bounty hunter (Henry Fonda) helps a young sheriff (Anthony Perkins) learn the meaning of his badge in Anthony Mann's The Tin Star (1957).
Rat Race, The - (Original Trailer) A musician (Tony Curtis) newly arrived in New York takes in a taxi dancer (Debbie Reynolds) in the drama The Rat Race (1960).
Teacher's Pet - (Original Trailer) A tough city editor (Clark Gable) assumes a fake identity to study journalism with a lady professor (Doris Day) who's criticized his work in Teacher's Pet (1958).
Hook, The - (Original Trailer) Three soldiers in Korea go through inner torment when they're ordered to execute an enemy soldier in The Hook (1963) starring Kirk Douglas.
Country Girl, The - (Re-Issue Trailer) Grace Kelly won as Best Actress for her portrayal of The Country Girl (1954) who fights her love for another man while nursing her alcoholic husband.
Day at the Races, A - (Original Trailer) The Marx Brothers try to save a pretty girl's sanitarium in A Day at the Races (1937).
For Heaven's Sake - (Original Trailer) An angel's earthly mission takes a wrong turn when he falls in love with mortal life in For Heaven's Sake (1950).
Song Of Bernadette, The - (Re-issue trailer) Jennifer Jones won a Best Actress Oscar for her first starring role in The Song Of Bernadette (1943), playing a French girl who has a vision of the Virgin Mary.
Miracle on 34th Street - (Original Trailer) The Christmas classic Miracle on 34th Street (1947) was marketed with this odd trailer that copies a scene from Citizen Kane!
Twilight of Honor - (Original Trailer) A struggling lawyer (Richard Chamberlain) takes on a controversial murder case that could make or break him.

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