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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I'm not a violent man . . . There are many other things that happen in our lives other than crime and violence and I think, as long as we do them entertainingly, then what's wrong with doing them?
Siegel was the first director to be credited by the Director's Guild of America's universal pseudonym Alan Smithee
, for Death of a Gunfighter
(1969). Siegel wished to remain uncredited because he felt the film's star, Richard Widmark
, ruined the picture by insisting on creative control that usurped Siegel's authority as director, and also because Widmark had fired original director Robert Totten
Strong male characters and scheming female characters (if there were any major female characters in the stories at all), frequently leading to charges of misogyny