George B. Seitz


Director

About

Also Known As
George Brackett Seitz, George Seitz
Birth Place
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Born
January 03, 1888
Died
July 08, 1944

Biography

This former illustrator, stage actor and playwright began his film career in 1913 as an actor and screenwriter for Pathe. Beginning in 1914, Seitz contributed to the scripts of Pearl White's first serials, notably the landmark, "Perils of Pauline" and including such classics as "The Romance of Elaine" and "Pearl of the Army" (in which he also appeared as actor). He later served as both w...

Biography

This former illustrator, stage actor and playwright began his film career in 1913 as an actor and screenwriter for Pathe. Beginning in 1914, Seitz contributed to the scripts of Pearl White's first serials, notably the landmark, "Perils of Pauline" and including such classics as "The Romance of Elaine" and "Pearl of the Army" (in which he also appeared as actor). He later served as both writer and director on subsequent White vehicles. Seitz eventually formed his own studio, where he continued to direct and star in scores of serials until 1925, when he began making action features. He proceeded in a similar workmanlike vein with the advent of sound, and despite the strict discipline he imposed on his production schedule, managed to produce a surprising amount of quality work through the mid-40s, including "The Last of the Mohicans" (1936) and the majority of the films in the vastly popular "Andy Hardy" series. His brother was cinematographer John F Seitz and his son was writer-director George B Seitz Jr.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944)
Director
The Courtship of Andy Hardy (1942)
Director
Andy Hardy's Double Life (1942)
Director
Pierre of the Plains (1942)
Director
A Yank on the Burma Road (1942)
Director
Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941)
Director
Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941)
Director
Kit Carson (1940)
Director
Sky Murder (1940)
Director
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940)
Director
Judge Hardy and Son (1939)
Director
Thunder Afloat (1939)
Director
6,000 Enemies (1939)
Director
The Hardys Ride High (1939)
Director
Yellow Jack (1938)
Director
Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
Director
Out West with the Hardys (1938)
Director
Judge Hardy's Children (1938)
Director
Big City (1937)
Jack Dempsey seq Director
Under Cover of Night (1937)
Director
The Thirteenth Chair (1937)
Director
A Family Affair (1937)
Director
You're Only Young Once (1937)
Director
My Dear Miss Aldrich (1937)
Director
Mama Steps Out (1937)
Director
Between Two Women (1937)
Director
The Last of the Mohicans (1936)
Director
Mad Holiday (1936)
Director
Tarzan Escapes (1936)
Director
Exclusive Story (1936)
Director
Three Wise Guys (1936)
Director
Absolute Quiet (1936)
Director
Times Square Lady (1935)
Director
Shadow of Doubt (1935)
Director
Calm Yourself (1935)
Director
Society Doctor (1935)
Director
Kind Lady (1935)
Director
Woman Wanted (1935)
Director
Murder in the Fleet (1935)
2nd Unit Director
Lazy River (1934)
Director
The Fighting Ranger (1934)
Director
Thrill Hunter (1933)
Director
Treason (1933)
Director
The Women in His Life (1933)
Director
The Docks of San Francisco (1932)
Director
The Widow in Scarlet (1932)
Director
Sin's Pay Day (1932)
Director
Passport to Paradise (1932)
Director
Sally of the Subway (1932)
Director
Temptation's Workshop (1932)
Director
The Lion and the Lamb (1931)
Director
Drums of Jeopardy (1931)
Director
Arizona (1931)
Director
Night Beat (1931)
Director
Shanghaied Love (1931)
Director
Danger Lights (1930)
Director
Midnight Mystery (1930)
Director
Guilty? (1930)
Director
Murder on the Roof (1930)
Director
Black Magic (1929)
Director
Court-Martial (1928)
Director
After the Storm (1928)
Director
Blockade (1928)
Director
Hey Rube (1928)
Director
Beware of Blondes (1928)
Director
The Circus Kid (1928)
Director
Ransom (1928)
Director
The Great Mail Robbery (1927)
Director
Isle of Forgotten Women (1927)
Director
The Tigress (1927)
Director
The Blood Ship (1927)
Director
The Warning (1927)
Director
Jim the Conqueror (1927)
Director
Desert Gold (1926)
Director
The Last Frontier (1926)
Director
Pals in Paradise (1926)
Director
The Vanishing American (1926)
Director
The Ice Flood (1926)
Director
Wild Horse Mesa (1925)
Director
Sunken Silver (1925)
Director
The 40th Door (1924)
Director
Into the Net (1924)
Director
Leatherstocking (1924)
Director
Galloping Hoofs (1924)
Director
Plunder (1923)
Director
Go Get 'Em Hutch (1922)
Director
Hurricane Hutch (1921)
Director
The Sky Ranger (1921)
Director
Rogues and Romance (1920)
Director
Pirate Gold (1920)
Director
The Lightning Raider (1919)
Director
Bound and Gagged (1919)
Director
The Black Secret (1919)
Director
The House of Hate (1918)
Director
The Honest Thief (1918)
Director
Getaway Kate (1918)
Director
The Fatal Ring (1917)
Director
The Romance of Elaine (1915)
Director
The New Exploits of Elaine (1915)
Director
The Exploits of Elaine (1914)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

The Sky Ranger (1921)
Rogues and Romance (1920)
Reginald Van Ransen
Pirate Gold (1920)
The Black Secret (1919)
Bound and Gagged (1919)

Writer (Feature Film)

Fugitive Lovers (1934)
Screenwriter
Treason (1933)
Screenwriter
Above the Clouds (1933)
Story
Passport to Paradise (1932)
Author and scen
Sally of the Subway (1932)
Screenwriter
Behind Stone Walls (1932)
Story and cont
Love in High Gear (1932)
Adaptation
Ransom (1928)
Story
The Warning (1927)
Writer
The Ice Flood (1926)
Scen
Rogues and Romance (1920)
Scen
The Phantom Foe (1920)
From Story
The Lightning Raider (1919)
From Story
The Naulahka (1918)
Scen
Blind Man's Luck (1917)
Scen
The Last of the Carnabys (1917)
Scen
The Hunting of the Hawk (1917)
Scen
The Light That Failed (1916)
Scen
The Precious Packet (1916)
Scen
The King's Game (1916)
Story
Simon, the Jester (1915)
Scen
The Closing Net (1915)
Scen
The Beloved Vagabond (1915)
Scen
The Spender (1915)
Scen
Nedra (1915)
Scen
The Galloper (1915)
Scen
Detective Craig's Coup (1914)
Scen

Producer (Feature Film)

King of the Wild Horses (1933)
Supervisor
Sunken Silver (1925)
Producer
Go Get 'Em Hutch (1922)
Producer
Rogues and Romance (1920)
Producer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

The Man You Loved To Hate (1979)
Other

Director (Short)

Mister Gardenia Jones (1942)
Director
"Andy Hardy's Dilemma" A Lesson in Mathematics - and Other Things (1938)
Director
Buried Loot (1935)
Director
Alibi Racket (1935)
Director

Cast (Short)

Another Romance of Celluloid (1938)
Himself

Writer (Short)

Buried Loot (1935)
Writer

Life Events

1913

Entered films as actor and screenwriter

1914

Collaborated on Pearl White's earl;iest serials

1916

Directorial debut "The Iron Claw"

1916

Feature debut "The King's Game"

Videos

Movie Clip

Kit Carson (1940) - Horizon Fever Efficient framing and opening from screenwriter George Bruce and director George B. Seitz, introducing Jon Hall as the title character, Ward Bond his man “Ape” and Harold Huber as Lopez, expressing attitudes both wise and nasty, then cracking action as the Shoshone attack, in independent producer Edward Small’s Kit Carson, 1940.
Kit Carson (1940) - They'd Kinda Like Them Brass Buttons Clever scene by director George Seitz, Raymond Hatton (said to have appeared in 500 movies) as host Bridger advises bathing Jon Hall (title character) and crew (Ward Bond, Harold Huber) about the offer from Fremont (Dana Andrews as the historical character) and Terry (“Lone Ranger” Clayton Moore), Lynn Bari in the neighboring tub, in producer Edward Small’s Kit Carson, 1940.
Kit Carson (1940) - Don't Hurry So Fast Producer Edward Small getting his money’s worth in Monument Valley (even if the story takes place along the distant Oregon Trail), Dana Andrews as (historical figure) Captain Fremont wants to hurry the wagon train, civilian Clayton Moore obeying until Jon Hall (title character) and his team (Ward Bond, Harold Huber) show up to take the trail guide jobs they at first refused, Lynn Bari the affronted Miss Murphy, in Kit Carson, 1940.
Family Affair, A (1937) - Keep It Dark! Mom Hardy (Spring Byington) and Aunt Milly (Sara Haden) with Andy (Mickey Rooney, his first scene in the role) taking a call from sister Marion (Cecilia Parker), and the judge (Lionel Barrymore) arrives home, in the first Hardy family movie, A Family Affair, 1937.
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940) - There's A General Housework Girl The Hardy family (Lewis Stone, Fay Holden, Cecilia Parker as Marian and Mickey Rooney as Andy) travels from Carmel (somewhere in the midwest…) to New York, on the judge’s legal business, where hometown friend Betsy (Judy Garland) has arranged lodging, early in Andy Hardy Meets Debutante, 1940.
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940) - My Morning Ablutions Opening finds star Mickey Rooney in bed with a magazine featuring Diana Lewis as his faraway crush, the other title character, masking his obsession behind botany, his mom and aunt Milly (Fay Holden, Sara Haden), not yet catching on, in Andy Hardy Meets Debutante, 1940.
Andy Hardy Meets Debutante (1940) - Alone Mickey Rooney as Andy is most un-interested in smitten Betsy (Judy Garland), friend from home-town Carmel, now in New York, selflessly helping him by renting a tux for his crazy pursuit of a society girl, song by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown, in Andy Hardy Meets Debutante, 1940.
Family Affair, A (1937) - You've Changed! Andy (Mickey Rooney), who doesn't like girls, is baffled upon arriving to pick up Polly Benedict (Margaret Marquis), in the first Hardy family movie, A Family Affair, 1937.
Family Affair, A (1937) - I Got Detained Andy (Mickey Rooney) joins adults Aunt Milly (Sara Haden), and his dad the judge (Lionel Barrymore) for breakfast after a big night, in the first Hardy family movie A Family Affair, 1937.
Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941) - How Are The Ancient Greeks Involved? Andy (Mickey Rooney) explains errors in financing for his high school graduation to his dad the judge (Lewis Stone), with visits from Beezy and Jimmy (George Breakston, Gene Reynolds) and girlfriend Polly (Ann Rutherford), in the 10th film in MGM’s series, Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary, 1941.
Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941) - He's Not My Type Huffy girlfriend Polly (Ann Rutherford) intrudes while class president Andy (Mickey Rooney) is innocently trying out lines for the graduation pageant with Kathryn (Kathryn Grayson, in her movie debut), who’s volunteered as his secretary in MGM’s Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary, 1941.
Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941) - Voci Di Primavera Andy (Mickey Rooney) is at the window while Kathryn (Grayson, in her MGM debut) and brother Harry (Todd Karns) undertake a song to cheer up their devoted, educated but unlucky widowed dad (Ian Hunter), a compositon by Gaetano Donizetti, in Andy Hardy’s Private Secretary, 1941.

Trailer

Love Finds Andy Hardy - (Original Trailer) A small-town boy tries to juggle two girlfriends at once in Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938), starring Mickey Rooney and Judy Garland.
Mama Steps Out - (Original Trailer) Alice Brady is a dizzy society matron running wild on the Riviera in Mama Steps Out (1937).
Woman Wanted - (Original Trailer) An innocent woman (Maureen O'Sullivan) is chased by both gangsters and the police.
Hardys Ride High, The - (Original Trailer) In the sixth Hardy Family movie, The Hardys Ride High (1939) after they inherit a fortune but Andy has trouble adjusting to society life.
Calm Yourself - (Original Trailer) An advertising man (Robert Young) takes off after kidnappers.
Andy Hardy's Private Secretary - (Original Trailer) For number 11 in the series, Andy feels he needs social assistance in Andy Hardy's Private Secretary (1941).
Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble - (Original Trailer) In the 13th entry in the series, college boy Andy tangles with beautiful twins in Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble (1944).
Absolute Quiet - (Original Trailer) When a plane filled with shady characters is forced to land on a tycoon's ranch Absolute Quiet (1936) is a lost cause.
6000 Enemies - (Original Trailer) A prison riot traps an innocent couple (Walter Pidgeon, Rita Johnson).
Mad Holiday - (Original Trailer) A temperamental film star's vacation turns deadly when he uncovers a murder on Mad Holiday (1936).
Pierre of the Plains - (Original Trailer) A French-Canadian trapper's adventures jeopardize his romance with an innkeeper in Pierre of the Plains (1942).
Lazy River - (Original Trailer) Ex-convicts try to stop a Chinese smuggling ring in Lazy River (1934) starring Robert Young.

Family

John F Seitz
Brother
Cinematographer.
George B Seitz Jr
Son
Writer, director.

Bibliography