Tag Archives: George B. Seitz

Night Beat (1931) George B. Seitz, Jack Mulhall, Patsy Ruth Miller, Walter McGrail, Crime, Drama

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Jack Mulhall, a silent screen star, delivered one of his last truly memorable screen performances in the 61-minute quickie NIGHT BEAT. Mulhall plays Johnny, a gangster who experiences an epiphany while serving in WWI. Returning to New York a changed man, Johnny offers to help his childhood pal Martin (Walter McGail), now a district attorney, break up a gang of crooks. Our hero hadn’t counted on falling in love with Martin’s fiancee Elinor (Patsy Ruth Miller), but this turn of events only strengthens his resolve to remain a “good guy.” Director George B. Seitz later transferred to MGM, where he became the principal helmsman of the Andy Hardy pictures.
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Thunder Afloat (1939) George B. Seitz, Wallace Beery, Chester Morris, Virginia Grey, Romance, Drama, War

Thunder Afloat (1939)
Thunder Afloat is set during the first world war. Wallace Beery plays an veteran tugboat captain who harbors a grudge against younger ex-pal Chester Morris. When Morris joins the navy as an officer, he runs across Beery, who resparks the feud. Both men bury the hatchet and work shoulder to shoulder when German U-boats threaten innocent shippers. Though the action takes place in 1918, the film was intensely topical in 1939 given the renewal of maritime hostilities in Europe and the Far East. Thunder Afloat made money by the bushel basket, as did most of Wallace Beery’s formula vehicles.
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A Family Affair (1937) George B. Seitz, Lionel Barrymore, Cecilia Parker, Eric Linden, Comedy

A Family Affair 1937
In this is the entry into the Andy Hardy series about a small town depression era family, Judge Hardy faces problems at work and at home. Powerful men in town are upset with his decisions and want to see him impeached; his daughters, Joan and Marion, have romantic problems; and his son, Andy discovers Polly Benedict. As usual, Judge Hardy is concerned with everyone in the family and lends wisdom and calmness to all.
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Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941) George B. Seitz, Lewis Stone, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland

Life Begins for Andy Hardy (1941)
With his high school graduation behind him, Andy Hardy decides that as an adult, it’s time to start living his life. Judge Hardy had hoped that his son would go to college and study law, but Andy isn’t sure that’s what he wants to do so he heads off to New York City to find a job. Too proud to accept any help from Betsy Booth, Andy finds that living on his own isn’t so easy. With perseverance he eventually finds a job and even gets to date the pretty receptionist in his office. He also has to face several of life’s lessons leading him to conclude that he may still have a bit of growing up to do.
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