(1965) Pilot: Produced and directed the pilot for
The Legend of Jesse James
. When the series was picked up, Siegel became the series' producer but did not direct any episodes.
1 Biographical Movie
4 Print Biographies
Don | Donald Siegel | Allen Smithee
5' 9" (1.75 m)
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[on working with Steve McQueen
Hell Is for Heroes
] He walked around with the attitude that the burden of preserving the integrity of the picture was on his shoulders and all the rest of us were company men ready to sell out, grind out an inferior picture for a few bucks and the bosses. Eventually, we grew to like each other.
Was eager to direct movies as early as 1942, but his contract with Warner Brothers kept him restricted to doing editing and montage sequences. Studio chief Jack L. Warner
refused to let Siegel out of his contract because he wanted to utilize his exceptional montage skills.
His films were frequently interpreted as having controversial, right-wing political or sociological undertone, which Siegel never commented on