John F. Seitz

Picture John F. Seitz

1892 - 1979

The cinematographer John F. Seitz began his film career as a lab technician at the age of 16, eight years later he became a cinematographer.

To his first silent movies belong "The Ranger of Lonesome Gulch" (16), "Whose Wife?" (17), "The Bride's Silence" (17), "Beauty and the Rogue" (18) and "The Westerners" (19).

He became an important cinematographer in the 20's and he captured many great productions on the big screen. To his great movies of the 20's belong Rex Ingram's "The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse" (21), "The Prisoner of Zenda" (22), "Scaramouche" (23), "The Arab" (24), "Classmates" (24), "The Magician" (26), "The Patsy" (28), "Outcast" (28), "The Divine Lady" (29) - for which he was nominated for his first Oscar - and "A Most Immoral Lady" (29).
Especially his dimmed lighting gave his work the special Seitz touch for which he became famous.

John F. Seitz was also very busy in the sound film era and he took part in many important movies ot that time.
To these movies belong "Road to Paradise" (30), "Kismet" (30), "Merely Mary Ann" (31), "A Passport to Hell" (32), "Dangerously Yours" (33), "Marie Galante" (34), "The Farmer Takes a Wife" (35), "Madame X" (37), "Young Dr. Kildare" (38), "A Christmas Carol" (38), "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" (39) and "Bad Little Angel" (39).
A huge success was his work for the Shirley-Temple movies, he worked together with her for five movies -  "Our Little Girl" (35), "Curly Top" (35), "The Littlest Rebel" (35), "Captain January" (36) and "Poor Little Rich Girl" (36).

In the 40's and 50's came his last big movies into being and he shot movies for Preston Sturges and Billy Wilder among others. His works comprise "Sullivan's Travels" (41), "Five Graves to Cairo" (43), "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek" (44), "Double Indemnity" (44), "The Lost Weekend" (45), "Calcutta" (47), "The Imperfect Lady" (47), "The Big Clock" (48), "The Great Gatsby" (49), "Sunset Blvd." (50), "The Savage" (52), "Invaders from Mars" (53), "Saskatchewan" (54), "A Cry in the Night" (56) and "The Man in the Net" (59).
During this period he was nominated for six other Oscars, but he never won one.

After his last movie "Guns of the Timberland" (60) he retired from the film business as a cinematographer and concentrated to lab experiments. He was the owner of a total of 18 licences for photographic  inventions.

Other movies from John F. Seitz:
The Quagmire (16)  Edged Tools (17) Souls in Pawn (17) A Game of Wits (17) The Mate of the Sally Ann (17) Powers That Prey (18) Up Romance Road (18) The Sagebrusher (20) Shore Acres (20) Hearts Arte Trumps (20) The Conquering Power (21) Uncharted Seas (21) Turn to the Right (22) Trifling Women (22) Where the Pavement Ends (23) The Price of a Party (24) Mare Nostrum (26) The Fair Co-Ed (27) The Trail of '98 (28) Across to Singapore (28) Adoration (28) Saturday's Children (29) The Squall (29) Careers (29) Hard to Get (29) Her Private Life (29) The Painted Angel (29) In the Next Room (30) Back Pay (30) Murder Will Out (30) Sweethearts and Wives (30) The Bad Man (30) East Lynne (31) The Right of Way (31) Misbehaving Ladies (31) Young Sinners (31) Men of the Sky (31) Hush Money (31) The Age for Love (31) Over the Hill (31) She Wanted a Millionaire (32) Careless Lady (32) The Woman in Room 13 (32) Six Hours to Live (32) Ladies They Talk About (33) Adorable (33) Paddy the Next Best Thing (33) Mr. Skitch (33) Coming-Out party (34) All Men Are Enemies (34) Springtime for Henry (34) Helldorado (35) One More Spring (35) Redheads on Parade (35) Navy Wife (35) The Country Doctor (36) Fifteen Maiden Lane (36) Carnival in Paris (37) Between Two Women (37) Navy Blue and Gold (37) Love Is a Headache (38) Lord Jeff (38) The Crowd Roars (38) Stablemates (38) Sergeant Madden (39) The Hardys Ride High (39) Prophet Without Honor (39) 6000 Enemies (39) Thunder Afloat (39) Another Thin Man (39) Dr. Kildare's Strange Case (40) We Who Are Young (40) A Little Bit of Heaven (40) Dr. Kildare's Crisis (40) Fly-By-Night (42) This Gun for Hire (42) The Moon and Sixpence (42) Lucky Jordan (42) The Hour Before the Dawn (44) Hail the Conquering Hero (44) Casanova Brown (44) The Unseen (45) The Well-Groomed Bride (46) Home, Sweet Homicide (46) Wild Harvest (47) On Our Merry Way (48) Saigon (48) Beyond Glory (48) Night has a Thousand Eyes (48) Chicago Deadline (49) Captain Carey, U.S.A. (50) Let's Talk Turkey (50) The Goldbergs (50) Appointment with Danger (51) Dear Brat (51) When Worlds Collide (51) The San Francisco Story (52) The Iron Mistress (52) Botany Bay (53) Desert Legion (53) Fort Algiers (53) The Rocket Man (54) Rogue Cop (54) Hell on Frisco Bay (55) Many Rivers to Cross (55) The McConnell Story (55) Santiago (56) The Big Land (57) The Deep Six (58) The Badlanders (58) Island of Lost Women (59)