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      Mitch Leisen

      Mitch Leisen

      Highest Rated: 100% Easy Living (1937)

      Lowest Rated: 78% Murder at the Vanities (1934)

      Birthday: Oct 6, 1898

      Birthplace: Menominee, Michigan, USA

      Long neglected by critics and film historians, director and art director Mitchell Leisen underwent a reexamination in later years, leading to more appreciation of his work. While not on par with contemporaries like Ernst Lubitsch or Preston Sturges, Leisen did helm a number of notable screwball comedies that have stood the test of time. After making his mark with "Death Takes a Holiday" (1934), he excelled in the genre with "Hands Across the Table" (1935) and "Swing High, Swing Low" (1937), both starring Carole Lombard and Fred MacMurray. He went on to direct the excellent romantic comedy "Remember the Night" (1940) and the tragic melodrama "Hold Back the Dawn" (1941), before becoming a notable actress' director with "To Each His Own" (1946) and "The Mating Season" (1951). His feature career dropped off in the mid-1950s, with Leisen turning to television by helming episodes of "The Twilight Zone" (CBS, 1959-1964) and "Wagon Train" (NBC/ABC, 1957-1965). But in his waning days, Leisen directed less substantial films that were better left forgotten. Less a maverick than his more accomplished contemporaries, at the height of his powers, Leisen was an expert craftsman of opulent productions that more often than not featured strong performances, witty banter and lavish set pieces.

      Highest rated movies

      Hold Back the Dawn

      Photos

      mitchell leisen, 1941 NO TIME FOR LOVE, director Mitchell Leisen, Claudette Colbert fooling around on set, 1943 REMEMBER THE NIGHT, Elizabeth Patterson (left), Beulah Bondi (second left), Barbara Stanwyck (center), Fred MacMurray (right of center), director Mitchell Leisen (second right) and vistior, Barbara Burke (right), on set, 1940 CAPTAIN CAREY, USA, Adolph Zukor (center) visits Alan Ladd, director Mitchell Leisen on set, 1949 LADY IN THE DARK, director Mitchell Leisen, producer Buddy DeSylva, Ginger Rogers, on-set, 1944

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet 17% The Girl Most Likely Director - 1957
      No Score Yet 33% Bedevilled Director - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tonight We Sing Director - 1953
      No Score Yet 11% Young Man With Ideas Director - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Darling, How Could You! Director - 1951
      No Score Yet 60% The Mating Season Director - 1951
      No Score Yet 14% Captain Carey, U.S.A. Director - 1950
      No Score Yet 71% No Man of Her Own Director - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Bride of Vengeance Director - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Song of Surrender Director - 1949
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dream Girl Director - 1948
      No Score Yet 39% Golden Earrings Director - 1947
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Suddenly It's Spring Director - 1947
      81% 84% To Each His Own Director - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kitty Director - 1945
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Masquerade in Mexico Director - 1945
      No Score Yet 25% Frenchman's Creek Director - 1944
      No Score Yet 23% Lady in the Dark Director - 1944
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Practically Yours Director - 1944
      No Score Yet 72% No Time for Love Director,
      Producer
      - 1943
      No Score Yet 67% The Lady Is Willing Director - 1942
      No Score Yet 14% Take a Letter, Darling Director - 1942
      100% 78% Hold Back the Dawn Mr. Dwight Saxon (Character),
      Director
      - 1941
      No Score Yet No Score Yet I Wanted Wings Director - 1941
      100% 84% Remember the Night Director,
      Producer
      - 1940
      83% 61% Arise, My Love Director - 1940
      93% 88% Midnight Director - 1939
      No Score Yet 60% The Big Broadcast of 1938 Director - 1938
      100% 83% Easy Living Director - 1937
      No Score Yet 56% Swing High, Swing Low Director - 1937
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Artists and Models Abroad Director - 1937
      No Score Yet 52% The Big Broadcast of 1937 Director - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thirteen Hours by Air Director - 1936
      80% 71% Hands Across the Table Director - 1935
      No Score Yet 40% Four Hours to Kill Director - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Behold My Wife Director - 1935
      86% 78% Death Takes a Holiday Director - 1934
      78% 38% Murder at the Vanities Director - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Tonight Is Ours Associate Director - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Power Art Director - 1928
      No Score Yet 80% Chicago Art Director - 1927
      97% 83% The Thief of Bagdad Costume Design - 1924
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rosita Costume Design - 1923
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Conrad in Quest of His Youth Set Decoration - 1920
      No Score Yet 55% Male and Female Costume Design - 1919

      TV

      Credit
      10% No Score Yet The Girl From U.N.C.L.E. Director 1967
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Follow the Sun Director 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wagon Train Director 1961
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Thriller Director 1960
      92% 96% The Twilight Zone Producer,
      Director
      1959-1960