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Mitchell Leisen (1898–1972)


Mitchell Leisen was born on October 6, 1898 in Menominee, Michigan, USA as James Mitchell Leisen. He was a director and art director, known for Death Takes a Holiday (1934), The Mating Season (1951) and Hold Back the Dawn (1941). He was married to Sandra Gahle. He died on October 28, 1972 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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

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(1934)
(1951)
(1941)
(1940)

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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)
 1960 Open Windows (TV Movie)
 1955-1960 General Electric Theater (TV Series) (10 episodes)
- The Other Wise Man (1960) ... (as Mitch Leisen)
- Absalom, My Son (1959)
- Signs of Love (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 sitcom pilot called "Open Windows". See more »

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1 Print Biography | 4 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

J. Mitchell Leisen | J.M. Leisen | James Mitchell Leisen | Mitch Leisen | Leisen
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Personal Quote:

[on Carole Lombard] She was really a sweet, even tempered girl. Strong but sweet - not even her colorful syntax made her less sweet. She had tolerance, and her patience was just incredible and rare. She didn't fly into rage very often, but she'd let it all come out and then feel cleansed. She was so very fair, and fairness was really all she asked of others. When she became really angry, it was ... See more »

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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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