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William Asher

  • Highest Rated: 80% Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)
  • Lowest Rated: 43% Beach Party (1963)
  • Birthday: Aug 8, 1921
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Cigarillo-chomping producer/director William Asher broke into films with the 1948 low-budgeter Leather Gloves, which he co-produced and co-directed with Richard Quine. Asher then abandoned theatrical films in favor of the burgeoning world of television sitcoms, directing several early episodes of I Love Lucy (including the legendary "Birth of Little Ricky" installment) and Make Room for Daddy. While working on the tongue-in-cheek mystery series The Thin Man, Asher returned to the Big Screen with the 1957 sci-fi programmer The 27th Day. While his direction of the ultraviolent crime flick Johnny Cool (1963) evinced a stylistic sense that might have gone somewhere had it been developed, Asher seemed more comfortable with the nonsensical hijinks of American-International's Beach Party series. From 1964 through 1973, Asher was principal director of the popular sitcom Bewitched, starring his then-wife Elizabeth Montgomery. After directing the disappointing Movers and Shakers (1984), William Asher concentrated his energies on made-for-TV movies: one of these, ironically, was a "fifteen years later" update of Bewitched's principal competition, I Dream of Jeannie.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Big Nothing Screenwriter 2007
No Score Yet Movers & Shakers Producer Director 1985
No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later Director 1985
No Score Yet Night Warning Director 1983
No Score Yet Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker Director 1981
No Score Yet Fireball 500 Screenwriter Director 1966
No Score Yet How to Stuff a Wild Bikini Screenwriter Director 1965
80% Beach Blanket Bingo Director Screenwriter 1965
No Score Yet Bikini Beach Screenwriter Director 1964
No Score Yet Muscle Beach Party Director 1964
No Score Yet Johnny Cool Director Producer 1963
43% Beach Party Director 1963
No Score Yet The 27th Day Director 1957
No Score Yet Leather Gloves Producer Director 1948
No Score Yet Beach Party Director 1936

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Dukes of Hazzard
1979-1985
Director
  • 1979
No Score Yet Bewitched
1964-1972
Screenwriter Director Producer
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1970
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Director
  • 1960
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
1951-1957
Director Director
  • 1957
  • 1956
  • 1955
  • 1954
  • 1953
  • 1952
  • 1951

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