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Don Weis

Highest Rated:   33% Pajama Party (1964)
Lowest Rated:   33% Pajama Party (1964)
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Leaving his Milwaukee home in 1942 in hopes of attending the University of Southern California, Don Weis secured work as a messenger at Warner Bros. After war service as a technician in Warners' army training film unit, Weis became a dialogue director at Enterprise Productions, working on such films as Body and Soul (1947) and Arch of Triumph (1948). Hired as a director for Ida Lupino and Collier Young's Filmakers Company, Weis was wooed to MGM by that studio's head man, Dore Schary. His first effort for MGM was a brief sequence in It's a Big Country (1951), followed by his first full-fledged feature, Bannerline (1951). Weis' helming of such lightweight MGM musicals as I Love Melvin (1953) and The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953) earned him a brief cult reputation with foreign film critics, though he was hardly confined to the song-and-dance genre. He entered television in 1956, eventually winning several Director's Guild Awards. During his TV years, Weis was busiest with comedy programs like The Jack Benny Show and The Andy Griffith Show, and slick adventure series like Burke's Law and It Takes a Thief; one of his more notable TV assignments was the 1959 pilot film Head of the Family, Carl Reiner's precursor to the popular Dick Van Dyke Show. In the mid-'60s, Weis directed several of the American-International teen-oriented musicals, among them Pajama Party, Ghost in the Invisible Bikini, and Looking for Love (which has earned latter-day notoriety as being the first and last film to star Johnny Carson). After completing the never-released Darren McGavin feature film Zero to Sixty (1977), Don Weis closed out his career with such episodic TV efforts as Charlie's Angels and MASH.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Munsters' Revenge
  • Director
1981
No Score Yet Zero to Sixty
  • Director
1978
No Score Yet Back to the Planet of the Apes (The New Planet of the Apes)
  • Director
1974
No Score Yet Ghost in the Invisible Bikini
  • Director
1966
No Score Yet Billie
  • Director
  • Producer
1965
33% Pajama Party
  • Director
1964
No Score Yet Looking For Love
  • Director
1964
No Score Yet Critic's Choice
  • Director
1963
No Score Yet The Gene Krupa Story
  • Director
1959
No Score Yet The Adventures of Hajji Baba
  • Director
1954
No Score Yet The Affairs of Dobie Gillis
  • Director
1953
No Score Yet I Love Melvin
  • Director
1953
No Score Yet It's a Big Country
  • Director
1951

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Freddy's Nightmares
1988-1990
  • Director
  • 1989
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • Director
  • 1986
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
  • Director
  • 1982
  • 1980
  • 1979
No Score Yet Batman
1966-1968
  • Director
  • 1966
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Director
  • 1963

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