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George Seaton

Highest Rated:   100% A Day at the Races (1937)
Lowest Rated:   78% The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Coney Island
  • Screenwriter
2012
No Score Yet Little Boy Lost
  • Screenwriter
1978
No Score Yet Showdown
  • Producer
  • Director
1973
80% Airport
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1970
No Score Yet What's So Bad About Feeling Good?
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
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
83% Teacher's Pet
  • Director
1958
80% The Tin Star
  • Producer
1957
No Score Yet Hour of Stars
  • Screenwriter
1955
86% The Country Girl
  • Producer
1954
78% The Bridges at Toko-Ri
  • Producer
1954
No Score Yet Little Boy Lost
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1953
No Score Yet Anything Can Happen
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1952
No Score Yet Rhubarb
  • Producer
1951
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
80% 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
100% A Day at the Races
  • Screenwriter
1937

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