Produced and directed the pilot for The Legend of Jesse James
(1965). When the series was picked up, Siegel became the series' producer but did not direct any episodes.
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Don | Donald Siegel | Allen Smithee
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Did You Know?
When I refused to take directing credit for the film [Death of a Gunfighter
(1969)], as did [Robert Totten
], the Directors' Guild made up a pseudonym for Totten and myself, 'Allen Smithee". As the picture was well received, I told my young friends who wanted to be directors to change their name to Smithee and take credit for direction of the picture. I don't know if anyone did this. I still think...
Began in the film business in 1934. His uncle, Jack Saper
, was a producer at Warner Brothers and arranged for Siegel to get an interview with production chief Hal B. Wallis
, who gave him a job in the film library at that studio.
Known for his extensive preparation and highly efficient shooting style, which were the main influence on the directing style of his protege, Clint Eastwood