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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[on Walter Wanger
] He was a rarity among producers. He encouraged creativity. He wasn't only interested in protecting himself, which is what most producers do.
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
Known for his extensive preparation and highly efficient shooting style, which were the main influence on the directing style of his protege, Clint Eastwood