George B. Seitz
George B. Seitz, Boxoffice Barometer, 1939.jpg
Seitz circa 1939
George Brackett Seitz

(1888-01-03)January 3, 1888
DiedJuly 8, 1944(1944-07-08) (aged 56)
OccupationActor, playwright, screenwriter, director
Years active1913–1944

George Brackett Seitz (January 3, 1888 – July 8, 1944) was an American playwright, screenwriter, film actor and director.[1] He was known for his screenplays for action serials, such as The Perils of Pauline (1914) and The Exploits of Elaine (1914).

Seitz was born in Boston, Massachusetts, started his career as a playwright, and also wrote some fiction for "up-market" pulp magazines such as Adventure and People's Magazine.[2]

Seitz did much of his early work in Fort Lee, New Jersey when many other early film studios in America's first motion picture industry were based there.[3][4][5] He was the director of more than one hundred films, the writer of more than thirty screenplays, and an actor in seven films. He worked at Columbia Pictures and at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer where he directed eleven films in the Andy Hardy series of the 1930s & 1940s. He died in Hollywood, California in 1944. Although an acquaintance of the cinematographer John F. Seitz, they were not related. He was the father of George B. Seitz Jr., who was a writer/director active in the 1940s and 1950s in films and television.



Poster for Velvet Fingers (1920)
Poster for Velvet Fingers (1920)


  1. ^ "NY Times: George B. Seitz". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2008. Archived from the original on March 7, 2008. Retrieved June 19, 2011.
  2. ^ The Best of "Adventure", Volume One : 1910-1912, edited by Doug Ellis. Black Dog Books, 2010 (p. 13-14).
  3. ^ Koszarski, Richard (2004), Fort Lee: The Film Town, Rome, Italy: John Libbey Publishing -CIC srl, ISBN 0-86196-653-8
  4. ^ "Studios and Films". Fort Lee Film Commission. Archived from the original on October 20, 2018. Retrieved May 30, 2011.
  5. ^ Fort Lee Film Commission (2006), Fort Lee Birthplace of the Motion Picture Industry, Arcadia Publishing, ISBN 0-7385-4501-5