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Mitchell Leisen (1898–1972)

Director noted for his romantic films. See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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 1967 Spree (Documentary)
 1966-1967 The Girl from U.N.C.L.E. (TV Series) (3 episodes)
 1961-1962 Adventures in Paradise (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- The Velvet Trap (1962)
- Show Me a Hero (1961)
 1961 Follow the Sun (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Mele Kalikimaka to You (1961) ... (as Mitch Leisen)
- Busman's Holiday (1961) ... (as Mitch Leisen)
 1961 Wagon Train (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- The Patience Miller Story (1961) ... (as Mitch Leisen)
 1955-1960 General Electric Theater (TV Series) (8 episodes)
- The Other Wise Man (1960) ... (as Mitch Leisen)
- Absalom, My Son (1959)
- Night Club (1959)
 1960 Thriller (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1960 Markham (TV Series) (5 episodes)
- The Bad Spell (1960)
- Coercion (1960)
 1959-1960 The Twilight Zone (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Escape Clause (1959)
 1958 Shirley Temple's Storybook (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Mother Goose (1958)
- Hiawatha (1958)
 1955 Bedevilled
 1948 Dream Girl
 1945 Kitty
 1939 Midnight
 1937 Easy Living
 1934 Bolero (uncredited)
 1933 Cradle Song
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Other Works:

Unsold pilot: Directed a pilot for a proposed NBC comedy series called "The Eve Arden Show". The plot concerned a widow whose visits disrupted the households of family and friends. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

J. Mitchell Leisen | J.M. Leisen | James Mitchell Leisen | Mitch Leisen | Leisen

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Personal Quote:

The camera never moves arbitrarily in any of my films. It follows somebody across the room or some kind of action; therefore you are not particularly conscious of the camera moving. Unnecessary camera movement destroys the concentration of the audience.


Worked in the dual capacity of costume designer and art director at MGM (1929-31) and at Paramount (1932-33). Became Paramount's most reliable contract director (1933-51), noted for visual elegance and for his ability to direct actresses. His forte were comedies and romances. His best films often starred Fred MacMurray or Ray Milland and were scripted by Preston Sturges or Billy Wilder. When ... See more »

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