George Seaton

George Seaton

Highest Rated: 100% A Day at the Races (1937)

Lowest Rated: 73% Airport (1970)

Birthday: Apr 17, 1911

Birthplace: Not Available

Hailing from South Bend, Indiana, George Seaton resettled in Detroit after college to work as a radio and stock-company actor. Seaton was the second person to portray the Lone Ranger on Detroit station WXYZ; he claimed to have come up with the Ranger's immortal cry "Hi-yo, Silver" because he couldn't whistle for his horse, as the script required. Signed as a contract writer at MGM in 1933, Seaton's first major break came when he contributed comedy material, minus screen credit, for the Marx Brothers' A Night at the Opera (1935). Groucho Marx liked Seaton's work so much that he invited him to co-write, with credit, the screenplay for A Day at the Races (1937), which proved a major success for all concerned. Seaton went on to work at Columbia in the early 1940s, then set up shop at 20th Century-Fox in 1943, where he would remain for the next decade. While at Fox, Seaton was Oscar-nominated for his screenplay work on The Song of Bernadette (1943); in his spare time, he wrote a play titled But Not Goodbye, which flopped on Broadway but did rather well as the 1946 Frank Morgan movie vehicle The Cockeyed Miracle. Having made his directorial debut with Fox's Diamond Horseshoe, Seaton went on to write and direct the evergreen Holiday classic Miracle on 34th Street (1947), which earned him an Academy Award for best screenplay. Moving to Paramount in 1951, Seaton formed a long and fruitful partnership with producer William Perlberg. The 1954 Perlberg-Seaton production The Country Girl copped yet another Oscar for Seaton, again for the screenplay. Soloing again after 1963, George Seaton continued writing and directing profitable if unmemorable films; his last major hit was 1970's Airport, which garnered him his final Oscar nomination. George Seaton was for many years the president of the Motion Picture Academy.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Coney Island Screenwriter 2012
No Score Yet Little Boy Lost Screenwriter 1978
No Score Yet Showdown Producer Director 1973
73% Airport Director 1970
No Score Yet What's So Bad About Feeling Good? Director Screenwriter Producer 1968
No Score Yet 36 Hours Screenwriter Director 1965
No Score Yet Twilight of Honor Producer 1963
No Score Yet The Hook Director 1963
No Score Yet The Counterfeit Traitor Director 1962
No Score Yet The Pleasure of His Company Director 1961
No Score Yet The Rat Race Producer 1960
No Score Yet But Not for Me Producer 1959
86% Teacher's Pet Director 1958
83% The Tin Star Producer 1957
No Score Yet The Hour of Stars: The Miracle on 34th Street Screenwriter 1955
86% The Country Girl Screenwriter Director Producer 1954
80% The Bridges at Toko-Ri Producer 1954
No Score Yet Little Boy Lost Director Screenwriter 1953
No Score Yet Anything Can Happen Screenwriter Director 1952
No Score Yet Somebody Loves Me Producer 1952
No Score Yet Rhubarb Producer 1951
No Score Yet For Heaven's Sake Director Screenwriter 1950
No Score Yet The Big Lift Screenwriter Director 1950
No Score Yet Chicken Every Sunday Director Screenwriter 1949
No Score Yet Apartment for Peggy Director Screenwriter 1948
No Score Yet The Shocking Miss Pilgrim Screenwriter Director 1947
96% Miracle on 34th Street Director Screenwriter 1947
No Score Yet Diamond Horseshoe Screenwriter Director 1945
86% The Song of Bernadette Screenwriter 1943
No Score Yet The Meanest Man in the World Screenwriter 1943
No Score Yet The Magnificent Dope Screenwriter 1942
No Score Yet Ten Gentlemen from West Point Screenwriter 1942
No Score Yet Charley's Aunt Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet Moon Over Miami Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet That Night in Rio Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet The Doctor Takes a Wife Screenwriter 1940
No Score Yet This Thing Called Love Screenwriter 1940
100% A Day at the Races Screenwriter 1937


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