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Mitchell Leisen



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 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
  • Producer
  • Director
1942
100% Hold Back the Dawn
  • Mr. Saxon
  • 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
83% Murder at the Vanities
  • Director
1934
83% Death Takes a Holiday
  • Director
1934

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Director

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