James Neilson

James Neilson

Highest Rated: 50% The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967)

Lowest Rated: 50% The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin (1967)

Birthday: Oct 01, 1909

Birthplace: Shreveport, Louisiana, USA

James Neilson served as director for a wide variety of television programs over the span of nearly two decades. His career began with such programs as "Father Knows Best," but by the mid-'50s, Neilson was working on actor showcases including "The Ford Television Theatre," "Celebrity Playhouse," and "G.E. True Theater" (for which he was nominated for an Emmy). This led to directing a dozen episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and considerable work in the western genre; along with the James Stewart vehicle "Night Passage" in 1957, Neilson helmed such Old West series as "Wagon Train," "The Rifleman," and "Have Gun, Will Travel." His dalliance with the western continued into the '60s with "Bonanza," but Neilson also found time to direct episodes of "The Fugitive" and "Batman," and his film credits at the time include the Hayley Mills feature "Summer Magic" along with the westerns "Return of the Gunfighter" and "The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin." He appeared to leave cowboy hats and saloons behind permanently during the '70s, when his directorial credits featured such contemporary crime dramas as "Ironside" and "Adam-12." Neilson's last credit prior to his death in December 1979 was a television movie version of "Tom Sawyer."

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Tom Sawyer Director - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flareup Director - 1969
No Score Yet 25% The First Time Director - 1969
No Score Yet 59% Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows Director - 1968
50% 48% The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin Director - 1967
No Score Yet 40% Return of the Gunfighter Director - 1967
No Score Yet 40% Gentle Giant Director - 1967
No Score Yet 61% The Moon-Spinners Director - 1964
No Score Yet 76% Summer Magic Director - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet Johnny Shiloh Director - 1963
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Mooncussers Director - 1962
No Score Yet 93% Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow Director - 1962
No Score Yet 36% Bon Voyage! Director - 1962
No Score Yet 55% Moon Pilot Director - 1962
No Score Yet No Score Yet Geronimo's Revenge Director - 1960
50% 55% Night Passage Director - 1957

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Adam-12 Director 1970-1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet Longstreet Director 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Walt Disney's Disneyland Director 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bonanza Director 1970 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Shotgun Slade Director
93% 79% Batman Director 1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet Whispering Smith Director 1961
No Score Yet No Score Yet Have Gun -- Will Travel Director 1960
No Score Yet No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents Director 1956-1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet Leave It to Beaver Director 1958
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Restless Gun Director 1957
No Score Yet No Score Yet Father Knows Best Director 1954

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