William A. Seiter


Director
William A. Seiter

About

Also Known As
William Seiter
Birth Place
New York City, New York, USA
Born
June 10, 1892
Died
July 26, 1964
Cause of Death
Heart Attack

Biography

Former Keystone Cop who graduated to assistant director and screenwriter before making his directorial debut in 1918. Seiter developed into a proficient and prolific technician in a number of genres and was especially adept at light, breezy fare, such as the wonderful Laurel and Hardy romp, "Sons of the Desert" (1933), the underrated Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers vehicle "Roberta" (1935), a...

Photos & Videos

Room Service - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Rafter Romance - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Rafter Romance - Movie Posters

Family & Companions

Laura La Plante
Wife
Actor. Married in 1926; divorced in 1932.
Marian Nixon
Wife
Actor. Married in 1934.

Biography

Former Keystone Cop who graduated to assistant director and screenwriter before making his directorial debut in 1918. Seiter developed into a proficient and prolific technician in a number of genres and was especially adept at light, breezy fare, such as the wonderful Laurel and Hardy romp, "Sons of the Desert" (1933), the underrated Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers vehicle "Roberta" (1935), and the engaging romantic drama, "This is My Affair" (1937). He also helmed the Marx Brothers escapade, "Room Service" (1938) but, like the anarchic trio, was too constrained by the conventional stage original. Formerly married to actresses Laura La Plante and Marian Nixon.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Make Haste to Live (1954)
Director
The Lady Wants Mink (1953)
Director
Champ for a Day (1953)
Director
Dear Brat (1951)
Director
Borderline (1950)
Director
One Touch of Venus (1948)
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Up in Central Park (1948)
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I'll Be Yours (1947)
Director
Little Giant (1946)
Director
Lover Come Back (1946)
Director
That Night with You (1945)
Director
It's a Pleasure! (1945)
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The Affairs of Susan (1945)
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Belle of the Yukon (1944)
Director
Four Jills in a Jeep (1944)
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Destroyer (1943)
Director
A Lady Takes a Chance (1943)
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Broadway (1942)
Director
You Were Never Lovelier (1942)
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Appointment for Love (1941)
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Nice Girl? (1941)
Director
Hired Wife (1940)
Director
It's a Date (1940)
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Allegheny Uprising (1939)
Director
Susannah of the Mounties (1939)
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Here I Am a Stranger (1939)
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Thanks for Everything (1938)
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Three Blind Mice (1938)
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Room Service (1938)
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Sally, Irene and Mary (1938)
Director
Life Begins in College (1937)
Director
This Is My Affair (1937)
Director
The Life of the Party (1937)
Director
On the Avenue (1937)
Fill-In Director
Dimples (1936)
Director
Stowaway (1936)
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The Case Against Mrs. Ames (1936)
Director
The Moon's Our Home (1936)
Director
The Daring Young Man (1935)
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In Person (1935)
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Roberta (1935)
Director
If You Could Only Cook (1935)
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Orchids to You (1935)
Director
The Richest Girl in the World (1934)
Director
We're Rich Again (1934)
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Love Birds (1934)
Director
Sing and Like It (1934)
Director
Diplomaniacs (1933)
Director
Sons of the Desert (1933)
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Professional Sweetheart (1933)
Director
Hello, Everybody! (1933)
Director
Rafter Romance (1933)
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Chance at Heaven (1933)
Director
If I Had a Million (1932)
["The Three Marines"]
Girl Crazy (1932)
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Young Bride (1932)
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Hot Saturday (1932)
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Is My Face Red? (1932)
Director
Kiss Me Again (1931)
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L'aviateur (1931)
Director
Big Business Girl (1931)
Director
Peach-O-Reno (1931)
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Caught Plastered (1931)
Director
Way Back Home (1931)
Director
Too Many Cooks (1931)
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Going Wild (1930)
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Strictly Modern (1930)
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The Flirting Widow (1930)
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Back Pay (1930)
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Sunny (1930)
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The Truth About Youth (1930)
Director
Why Be Good? (1929)
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Smiling Irish Eyes (1929)
Director
Synthetic Sin (1929)
Director
The Love Racket (1929)
Director
Prisoners (1929)
Director
Footlights and Fools (1929)
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Happiness Ahead (1928)
Director
Thanks for the Buggy Ride (1928)
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Waterfront (1928)
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Outcast (1928)
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Good Morning, Judge (1928)
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The Small Bachelor (1927)
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Out All Night (1927)
Director
The Cheerful Fraud (1927)
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What Happened to Jones (1926)
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Rolling Home (1926)
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Take It From Me (1926)
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Skinner's Dress Suit (1926)
Director
The Teaser (1925)
Director
Dangerous Innocence (1925)
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Where Was I? (1925)
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The Mad Whirl (1925)
Director
Helen's Babies (1924)
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Listen Lester (1924)
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Daddies (1924)
Director
The Family Secret (1924)
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His Forgotten Wife (1924)
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The White Sin (1924)
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The Fast Worker (1924)
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The Beautiful and Damned (1923)
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Little Church Around the Corner (1923)
Director
Bell Boy 13 (1923)
Director
When Love Comes (1922)
Director
Boy Crazy (1922)
Director
Gay and Devilish (1922)
Director
Up and At 'Em (1922)
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The Understudy (1922)
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Passing Thru (1921)
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The Foolish Age (1921)
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Eden and Return (1921)
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Hearts and Masks (1921)
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The Kentucky Colonel (1920)
Director

Writer (Feature Film)

The Cheerful Fraud (1927)
Scen
Listen Lester (1924)
Adaptation
Up and At 'Em (1922)
Story
The Foolish Age (1921)
Scen

Producer (Feature Film)

Make Haste to Live (1954)
Associate Producer
Champ for a Day (1953)
Associate Producer
The Lady Wants Mink (1953)
Associate Producer
Borderline (1950)
Presented By
Belle of the Yukon (1944)
Producer
Hired Wife (1940)
Producer

Production Companies (Feature Film)

One Touch of Venus (1948)
Company
Little Giant (1946)
Company
Big Business Girl (1931)
Company
Kiss Me Again (1931)
Company

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Rocket Gibraltar (1988)
Other

Life Events

1919

First feature as director, "Tangled Threads"

Photo Collections

Room Service - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a few photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of RKO's Room Service (1938), featuring Groucho Marx and Ann Miller.
Rafter Romance - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are several photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of RKO's Rafter Romance (1933), directed by William Seiter and starring Ginger Rogers and Norman Foster.
Rafter Romance - Movie Posters
Here are two styles of Window Card from RKO's Rafter Romance (1933), starring Ginger Rogers. Window Cards were mini posters designed to be placed in store windows around town during a film's engagement. A blank space at the top of the poster featured theater and playdate infromation.
Rafter Romance - Publicity Stills
Here are a number of Publicity Stills from RKO's Rafter Romance (1933), starring Ginger Rogers and Norman Foster. Publicity stills were specially-posed photos, usually taken off the set, for purposes of publicity or reference for promotional artwork.
Rafter Romance - Scene Stills
Here are a number of scene stills from RKO's Rafter Romance (1933), starring Ginger Rogers and Norman Foster.

Videos

Movie Clip

Why Be Good? (1929) - An Effervescent American Girl From one Manhattan party scene to the next, this time introducing top-billed Colleen Moore as aptly-named flapper Pert, again with emphasis on synchronized music and sound effects, also meeting dandified Jimmy (Louis Natheaux), William A. Seiter directing the slick Why Be Good?, 1929.
Why Be Good? (1929) - Boiler Room In the third consecutive Manhattan party scene opening the picture, this time at a nautically-themed night club where Prohibition is openly flaunted, flapper Pert (Colleen Moore) with hustling Jimmy (Louis Natheaux), spotted by blue-blood Peabody (Neil Hamilton) and pals, in Why Be Good?, 1929.
Susannah Of The Mounties (1939) - I Want You To Meet My Daughter Randolph Scott as officer Monty, having rescued the star (Shirley Temple) following an Indian massacre, is eager to report to his C-O (Moroni Olsen), not realizing he'd meet knockout Margaret Lockwood, then berating his orderly Mac (J. Farrell MacDonald), early in Susannah Of The Mounties, 1939.
Susannah Of The Mounties (1939) - Is That Your Pony? Cordial when you consider that, broadly speaking, his tribe probably just slaughtered her family and wagon train, survivor Shirley Temple (title character) and Canadian Blackfeet “Little Chief,” who’s been left with the white men as a de facto hostage during peace talks, have a normal juvenile spat, Randolph Scott intervening, in Susannah Of The Mounties, 1939.
Susannah Of The Mounties (1939) - One Little Word Pretty horrifying opening, at least in the Shirley Temple canon, as she’s found by Northwest Mounted Police officer “Monty” (Randolph Scott), the sole survivor of an outright massacre by Blackfeet Indians in Canada, in 20th Century Fox’s Susannah Of The Mounties, 1939, also starring Margaret Lockwood.
Susannah Of The Mounties (1939) - I'll Teach You To Waltz Shirley Temple (title character, survivor of a wagon-train massacre) helps Monty (Randolph Scott), her rescuer and Northwest Mounted Police officer, with dance technique, J. Farrell MacDonald accompanying, and Margaret Lockwood, the commander’s daughter, his object, in Susannah Of The Mounties, 1939.
You'll Never Get Rich (1941) - Boogie Barcarolle Dance director Robert (Fred Astaire) takes a call from frisky financier Cortland (Robert Benchley), then rehearses with not-intimidated Sheila (Rita Hayworth), their first on-screen dance together and a Cole Porter tune, early in You'll Never Get Rich, 1941.
Life Begins In College (1937) - The Flower Of Young Womanhood This is the wind-up of the preliminaries, before the starring Ritz Brothers appear, with mean jocks (led by Dick Baldwin, and a young Elisha Cook Jr.) pranking on Indian freshman George (Nat Pendleton), and co-ed Janet (Gloria Stuart) gets unwillingly involved, in the 20th Century-Fox comedy vehicle Life Begins In College, 1937.
Life Begins In College (1937) - Klassy Kampus Kleaners First scene for the stars, the Ritz Brothers, beginning here with Jimmy, Harry and Al, left to right, whom we learn are the struggling tailors in the college town, Frank Melton their first customer, and George (Nat Pendleton) the next, an oil-rich Indian freshman whose pants got mangled in a hazing by the football team, in Life Begins In College, 1937.
Life Begins In College (1937) - Our Accents Are Cheesy There’s no defined plot premise for this, we’re at the college dance, various stories in play, when the starring Ritz Brothers (Jimmy left, Harry in drag and Al right), who run a failing laundry business, appear with a specialty song, credited to Sam Pokrass, Sid Kuller and Ray Golden, in in Life Begins In College, 1937.
Four Jills In A Jeep (1943) - You Look Like Somebody I've Seen Just arrived on a base in England, in a story supposedly based on their own real experience on USO tours, Kay Francis, sparky Martha Raye, blonde Carole Landis and Mitzi Mayfair get collected by their minder Eddie (Phil Silvers), and meet handsome flier Ted (John Harvey), early in Four Jills In A Jeep, 1943.
Four Jills In A Jeep (1943) - How Blue The Night Joining a number from Dick Haymes, playing a soldier, song an original by Jimmy McHugh and Harold Adamson, Mitzi Mayfair as herself on the USO Tour in Europe, also Dick’s love interest, in 20th Century-Fox’s Four Jills In A Jeep, also starring Carole Landis, Martha Raye and Kay Francis.

Trailer

Room Service - (Original Trailer) The Marx Brothers are three zany producers trying to extend their hotel credit until they can get a play mounted in Room Service (1938).
Going Wild - (Original Trailer) A lovesick fool pretends to be an ace flyer in Going Wild (1930).
Destroyer - (Re-issueTrailer) The crew of a torpedoed ship fights to take out an enemy sub in Destroyer (1943) starring Edward G. Robinson and Glenn Ford.
Big Business Girl - (Original Trailer) A college girl (Loretta Young) uses her brains and her legs to conquer the business world in Big Business Girl (1931).
Allegheny Uprising - (Re-issue Trailer) It's John Wayne versus the Redcoats as a rebel in Colonial America in Allegheny Uprising (1939) co-starring Claire Trevor and George Sanders.
You Were Never Lovelier - (Original Trailer) Rita Hayworth is an Argentine heiress who thinks Fred Astaire is her secret admirer in You Were Never Lovelier (1942).
Life of the Party, The -- (Original Trailer) A millionaire's heir and a countess' daughter take a roundabout way to get both love and money in The Life of the Party (1937).
Belle of the Yukon - (Original Trailer) Randolph Scott and Gypsy Rose Lee heat up the frozen north in Belle of the Yukon (1944).
It's A Date - (Original Trailer) Teenage songbird Deanna Durbin squares off with Kay Francis in love and career in It's A Date (1940) co-starring Walter Pidgeon.
Rafter Romance - (Original Trailer) Ginger Rogers falls for a night worker without realizing they share the same apartment. It's a Rafter Romance (1933).
Roberta - (Original Trailer) A football player inherits a chic Paris fashion house in the musical Roberta (1935) starring Randolph Scott, Irene Dunne and Fred Astaire.

Companions

Laura La Plante
Wife
Actor. Married in 1926; divorced in 1932.
Marian Nixon
Wife
Actor. Married in 1934.

Bibliography