Mitchell Leisen

Highest Rated: 100% Hold Back the Dawn (1941)
Birthday: Oct 6, 1898
Birthplace: Not Available
After being trained as an architect and working as an interior designer, Mitchell Leisen began work in Hollywood as a costume designer. Leisen worked on such notable films as Cecil B. De Mille's Male and Female (1919), Ernst Lubitsch's Rosita, and the Douglas Fairbanks actioners Robin Hood (1922) and The Thief Of Bagdad (1924). As a set designer for De Mille in the late '20s and early '30s, Leisen's credits included The King of Kings (1927), Madam Satan (1930), and The Sign of the Cross (1932). Leisen began directing in the mid-'30s, scoring with the allegory Death Takes a Holiday (1934) and the bizarre mystery musical Murder at the Vanities (1934). He showed a special flair for comedy in the late '30s and early '40s, especially when his scripts were written by Preston Sturges (Easy Living [1937], Remember the Night [1940]) or Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder (Midnight [1939], Arise My Love [1940], Hold Back the Dawn [1941]). His notable later films include Lady in the Dark (1944), To Each His Own (1946), and Golden Earrings (1947). After his film work waned, he turned to TV directing and became the proprietor of a nightclub.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Big Broadcast of 1937 Director 2001
No Score Yet The Girl Most Likely Director 1958
No Score Yet Bedevilled Director 1955
No Score Yet Tonight We Sing Director 1953
No Score Yet Young Man with Ideas Director 1952
No Score Yet The Mating Season Director 1951
No Score Yet Darling, How Could You! Director 1951
No Score Yet No Man of Her Own Director 1950
No Score Yet Captain Carey, U.S.A. Director 1950
No Score Yet Dream Girl Director 1948
No Score Yet Miss Tatlock's Millions Director 1948
No Score Yet Variety Girl Himself 1947
No Score Yet Golden Earrings Actor Director 1947
No Score Yet To Each His Own Director 1946
No Score Yet Frenchman's Creek Director 1944
No Score Yet Lady in the Dark Producer Director 1944
No Score Yet No Time for Love Director Producer 1943
No Score Yet Take a Letter, Darling (Green-Eyed Woman) Producer Director 1942
No Score Yet The Lady Is Willing Director Producer 1942
100% Hold Back the Dawn Mr. Saxon Director 1941
No Score Yet I Wanted Wings Director 1941
No Score Yet Arise, My Love Director 1940
100% Remember the Night Director Producer 1940
92% Midnight Director 1939
No Score Yet Artists and Models Abroad Director 1938
100% Easy Living Director 1937
No Score Yet Swing High, Swing Low Director 1937
No Score Yet The Big Broadcast of 1937 Director 1936
No Score Yet 13 Hours by Air (Thirteen Hours by Air) Director 1936
No Score Yet Hands Across the Table Director 1935
86% Murder at the Vanities Director 1934
86% Death Takes a Holiday Director 1934

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Girl From U.N.C.L.E.
1966-1967
Director
  • 1967
  • 1966
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Director
  • 1960
  • 1959

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