John F. Seitz


Director Of Photography

About

Also Known As
John Seitz
Birth Place
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Born
June 23, 1892
Died
February 27, 1979

Biography

Influential cinematographer of both the silent and sound eras. Seitz began his career as a lab technician with the St. Louis Motion Picture Company, joined American Mutual in 1916 and had graduated to cinematographer by 1919. His best work was done at Metro (1920-28), especially for director Rex Ingram, and at Paramount (1941-52), notably in collaboration with Preston Sturges ("Sullivan'...

Family & Companions

Mary Boyle Seitz
Wife
Scene artist. Married 45 years; died on May 21, 1997.

Biography

Influential cinematographer of both the silent and sound eras. Seitz began his career as a lab technician with the St. Louis Motion Picture Company, joined American Mutual in 1916 and had graduated to cinematographer by 1919. His best work was done at Metro (1920-28), especially for director Rex Ingram, and at Paramount (1941-52), notably in collaboration with Preston Sturges ("Sullivan's Travels" 1941, "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" 1944, etc.) and Billy Wilder ("The Lost Weekend" 1945, "Sunset Boulevard" 1950, etc.). Seitz also invented several key photographic techniques, including the matte shot. Brother of director George B. Seitz (1888-1944).

Filmography

 

Cinematography (Feature Film)

Guns of the Timberland (1960)
Director of Photography
The Man in the Net (1959)
Director of Photography
Island of Lost Women (1959)
Director of Photography
The Badlanders (1958)
Director of Photography
The Deep Six (1958)
Director of Photography
The Big Land (1957)
Director of Photography
Santiago (1956)
Director of Photography
A Cry in the Night (1956)
Director of Photography
Hell on Frisco Bay (1956)
Director of Photography
Many Rivers to Cross (1955)
Director of Photography
The McConnell Story (1955)
Director of Photography
Rogue Cop (1954)
Director of Photography
Saskatchewan (1954)
Director of Photography
The Rocket Man (1954)
Director of Photography
Thunder in the East (1953)
Director of Photography
Botany Bay (1953)
Director of Photography
Desert Legion (1953)
Director of Photography
Invaders from Mars (1953)
Photography
Fort Algiers (1953)
Cinematographer
The Savage (1952)
Director of Photography
The San Francisco Story (1952)
Director of Photography
The Iron Mistress (1952)
Director of Photography
Dear Brat (1951)
Director of Photography
Molly (1951)
Director of Photography
Appointment with Danger (1951)
Director of Photography
When Worlds Collide (1951)
Director of Photography
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Director of Photography
Captain Carey, U.S.A. (1950)
Director of Photography
The Great Gatsby (1949)
Director of Photography
Chicago Deadline (1949)
Director of Photography
Night Has a Thousand Eyes (1948)
Director of Photography
Beyond Glory (1948)
Director of Photography
The Big Clock (1948)
Director of Photography
Saigon (1948)
Director of Photography
On Our Merry Way (1948)
Cinematographer
The Imperfect Lady (1947)
Director of Photography
Calcutta (1947)
Director of Photography
Wild Harvest (1947)
Director of Photography
The Well Groomed Bride (1946)
Director of Photography
Home Sweet Homicide (1946)
Director of Photography
The Unseen (1945)
Director of Photography
The Lost Weekend (1945)
Director of Photography
The Miracle of Morgan's Creek (1944)
Director of Photography
Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)
Director of Photography
The Hour Before the Dawn (1944)
Director of Photography
Double Indemnity (1944)
Director of Photography
Casanova Brown (1944)
Director of Photography
Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
Director of Photography
The Moon and Sixpence (1942)
Director of Photography
Sullivan's Travels (1942)
Director of Photography
This Gun for Hire (1942)
Director of Photography
Lucky Jordan (1942)
Director of Photography
Fly-by-Night (1942)
Director of Photography
A Little Bit of Heaven (1940)
Director of Photography
Dr. Kildare's Strange Case (1940)
Director of Photography
Dr. Kildare's Crisis (1940)
Photography
We Who Are Young (1940)
Photography
Another Thin Man (1939)
Director of Photography
6,000 Enemies (1939)
Photography
Bad Little Angel (1939)
Photography
Thunder Afloat (1939)
Photography
Sergeant Madden (1939)
Photography
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1939)
Photography
A Christmas Carol (1938)
Fill-in Photographer
The Crowd Roars (1938)
Photography
Stablemates (1938)
Photography
Young Dr. Kildare (1938)
Photography
Lord Jeff (1938)
Photography
Love Is a Headache (1938)
Photography
Navy Blue and Gold (1937)
Photography
Madame X (1937)
Photography
Between Two Women (1937)
Photography
Captain January (1936)
Photography
Poor Little Rich Girl (1936)
Photography
The Country Doctor (1936)
Photography
15 Maiden Lane (1936)
Photography
The Littlest Rebel (1935)
Photography
Navy Wife (1935)
Photography
Redheads on Parade (1935)
Photography
One More Spring (1935)
Photography
Curly Top (1935)
Photography
Our Little Girl (1935)
Photography
Coming Out Party (1934)
Photography
Springtime for Henry (1934)
Photography
All Men Are Enemies (1934)
Photography
Helldorado (1934)
Photography
Marie Galante (1934)
Photography
Adorable (1933)
Photography
Paddy the Next Best Thing (1933)
Photography
Dangerously Yours (1933)
Photography
Mr. Skitch (1933)
Photography
Ladies They Talk About (1933)
Photography
6 Hours to Live (1932)
Photography
A Passport to Hell (1932)
Photography
She Wanted a Millionaire (1932)
Photography
The Woman in Room 13 (1932)
Photography
Careless Lady (1932)
Photography
Young Sinners (1931)
Photography
East Lynne (1931)
Photography
Misbehaving Ladies (1931)
Photography
Men of the Sky (1931)
Photography
The Right of Way (1931)
Photography
Merely Mary Ann (1931)
Photography
The Age for Love (1931)
Photography
Over the Hill (1931)
Photography
Hush Money (1931)
Photography
The Bad Man (1930)
Director of Photography
Road to Paradise (1930)
Director of Photography
In the Next Room (1930)
Director of Photography
Back Pay (1930)
Director of Photography
Sweethearts and Wives (1930)
Director of Photography
Murder Will Out (1930)
Director of Photography
Kismet (1930)
Photography
The Divine Lady (1929)
Special Photography
The Squall (1929)
Director of Photography
Careers (1929)
Director of Photography
Saturday's Children (1929)
Director of Photography
Hard To Get (1929)
Director of Photography
The Painted Angel (1929)
Director of Photography
The Trail of '98 (1929)
Director of Photography
A Most Immoral Lady (1929)
Director of Photography
Her Private Life (1929)
Director of Photography
Across to Singapore (1928)
Director of Photography
Adoration (1928)
Director of Photography
The Patsy (1928)
Director of Photography
Outcast (1928)
Director of Photography
The Fair Co-ed (1927)
Director of Photography
The Magician (1926)
Director of Photography
Mare Nostrum (1926)
Director of Photography
Scaramouche (1924)
Photography
The Arab (1924)
Director of Photography
Classmates (1924)
Director of Photography
The Price of a Party (1924)
Director of Photography
Where the Pavement Ends (1923)
Director of Photography
Trifling Women (1922)
Director of Photography
The Prisoner of Zenda (1922)
Director of Photography
Turn to the Right (1922)
Director of Photography
The Conquering Power (1921)
Director of Photography
The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse (1921)
Director of Photography
Uncharted Seas (1921)
Director of Photography
The Sagebrusher (1920)
Camera
Hearts Are Trumps (1920)
Camera
The Westerners (1919)
Camera
Beauty and the Rogue (1918)
Camera
Powers That Prey (1918)
Camera
The Serpent's Tooth (1917)
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Whose Wife? (1917)
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Souls in Pawn (1917)
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Cinematography (Short)

Prophet Without Honor (1939)
Cinematographer
Let's Talk Turkey (1939)
Director Of Photography
Carnival in Paris (1937)
Cinematographer

Life Events

1916

Feature film cameraman

Videos

Movie Clip

When Worlds Collide (1951) - The End Of The World Playboy international courier Randall (Richard Derr) headed to New York from South Africa, handcuffed to secret scientific data he knows little about, is pleased to be collected by fetching Joyce (Barbara Rush), daughter of his recipient, John Ridgely the customs chief, James Seay the hustling reporter, in producer George Pal’s When World’s Collide, 1951.
When Worlds Collide (1951) - The World Prays More momentous narration from Paul Frees, as world opinion has coalesced around predictions that planet Zyra, then a star, will overwhelm earth, Randall and Joyce (Richard Derr, Barbara Rush) in the control center with her scientist father (Larry Keating) and John Hoyt as the disabled unstable financier Stanton, the escape rocket ready, as producer George Pal lets loose the SFX, in When World’s Collide, 1951.
This Gun For Hire (1942) - Are You That Broke? Boyfriend cop Mike (Robert Preston) seeing off singing magician and under-cover operative Ellen (Veronica Lake), who by chance meets Alan Ladd (as fugitive "Raven,") their first scene in their first movie together, in This Gun For Hire, 1942.
This Gun For Hire (1942) - Now You See It... First appearance by Veronica Lake as singer-magician "Ellen," auditioning for night club operator and industrial spy Gates (Laird Cregar), song by Jacques Press and Frank Loesser, in This Gun For Hire, 1942.
Lord Jeff (1938) - We Carry Our Own Kit Exposed fake Lord Geoffrey (Freddie Bartholomew) and pals Baker, Thrums and Potter (Terry Kilburn, Walter Tetley and Peter Lawford age maybe 15, on harmonica) arrive at Russell-Cotes Nautical Academy, Jelks (Herbert Mundin) introducing Captain Briggs (Charles Coburn), in MGM's Lord Jeff, 1938.
Lord Jeff (1938) - Darjeeling Is Not Hot Early events, young Lord Geoffrey (Freddie Bartholomew) from India is visited by Inspector Scott (Matthew Boulton), after a trip with his governess to a London jeweler ended strangely, the first sign of funny business, with Gale Sondergaard and George Zucco on the phone, in MGM's Lord Jeff, 1938.
Lord Jeff (1938) - Any Major Infractions Captain Briggs (Charles Coburn), head of the Russell-Cotes naval academy, addresses the boys with good news, then chats with Terry O'Mulvaney (Mickey Rooney), then new boy Geoffrey (Freddie Bartholomew), about an earlier incident, in MGM's Lord Jeff, 1938.
Miracle Of Morgan's Creek, The (1944) - The Bell In The Bay Writer-director Preston Sturges introduces both his leads, Betty Hutton as Trudy Kockenlocker in a famous bit, with a song composed by Sturges, entertaining soldiers about to deploy, and Eddie Bracken as dejected, service-ineligible Norval, in the landmark home-front comedy, The Miracle Of Morgan’s Creek, 1944.
Miracle Of Morgan's Creek, The (1944) - Swaffled Or Something! The morning after the soldier’s sendoff party, where Trudy (Betty Hutton) drank spiked lemonade and got bonked on the head, she picks up Norval (Eddie Bracken) who provided her alibi and loaned her his car, way later than they should be, concocting a story for her father, in writer-director Preston Sturges’ The Miracle Of Morgan’s Creek, 1944.
Miracle Of Morgan's Creek, The (1944) - Let's All Get Married! Betty Hutton as Trudy Kockenlocker is let loose in an action sequence by writer-director Preston Sturges, in the car borrowed from her 4-F boyfriend, all-in for the sendoff for the soldiers shipping out, to the church basement, the country club, then the juke joint, Len Hendry the soldier with the big idea, in The Miracle Of Morgan’s Creek, 1944.
Sullivan's Travels (1942) - O Brother, Where Art Thou? Sullivan (Joel McCrea) is reunited with "The Girl" (Veronica Lake) and his staff, and reconsiders filming "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," in the final scene from Preston Sturges' Sullivan's Travels, 1942.
Ladies They Talk About (1933) - She Likes To Wrestle Cheesy process shot but new inmate Nan (Barbara Stanwyck) and veteran Linda (Lillian Roth) on fire, visiting Mrs. Arlington (Cecil Cunningham), Blondie (Helen Mann), Aunt Maggie (Maude Eburne) and a husky matron (Helen Dickson), in Ladies They Talk About, 1933.

Trailer

Lost Weekend, The - (Original Trailer) Academy Awards® for Best Picture, Actor, Director and Screenplay went to this groundbreaking study of alcoholism.
Ladies They Talk About - (Original Trailer) A lady bank robber (Barbara Stanwyck) becomes the cell block boss after she's sent to prison in this racy pre-code drama.
Iron Mistress, The - (Original Trailer) American adventurer Jim Bowie (Alan Ladd) fights to make his way in the lumber business in The Iron Mistress (1952).
Love Is A Headache - (Original Trailer) A freak accident gives a fading actress (Gladys George) a huge publicity push in Love Is A Headache (1938).
Big Land, The - (Original Trailer) A cattleman (Alan Ladd) tries to convince a group of farmers to build a small town as a railroad link in The Big Land (1957).
Dr. Kildare's Crisis - (Original Trailer) For the sixth "Kildare" movie, Dr. Kildare's marriage could be called off when the bride's brother is diagnosed with epilepsy.
McConnell Story, The - (Original Trailer) A man's plans to settle down and raise a family are upset by the Korean War in The McConnell Story (1955) starring Alan Ladd.
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The (1939) - (Original Trailer) Mickey Rooney is Mark Twain's classic troublemaker who helps a runaway slave (Rex Ingram) escape to the North.
6000 Enemies - (Original Trailer) A prison riot traps an innocent couple (Walter Pidgeon, Rita Johnson).
Man in the Net, The - (Original Trailer) When his wife disappears, a commercial artist (Alan Ladd) is suspected in The Man in the Net (1959).
Madame X (1937) - (Original Trailer) MGM rather shooting the moon in this original trailer for the fourth film version of Madame X, 1937, this time starring Gladys George.
Thunder Afloat - (Original Trailer) An old sailor is duped into joining the Navy, where he runs into a longtime rival in Thunder Afloat (1939).

Family

George Seitz
Brother
Director, screenwriter, producer, actor.

Companions

Mary Boyle Seitz
Wife
Scene artist. Married 45 years; died on May 21, 1997.

Bibliography