Mitchell Leisen Overview:

Director, Mitchell Leisen, was born James Leisen on Oct 6, 1898 in Menominee, MI. Leisen died at the age of 74 on Oct 28, 1972 in Woodland Hills, CA and was laid to rest in Chapel of the Pines Crematory Cemetery in Los Angeles, CA.



Although Leisen was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1928/29Best Art DirectionDynamite (1929)N/ANominated

He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Midnight (1939, )

By Andrew Wickliffe on Aug 16, 2016 From The Stop Button

Midnight is a rather smart film. Screenwriters Charles Brackett and Billy Wilder are able to do a whole bunch of plot twists–always through comedic means–because of how they’ve got the film structured. The film opens with Claudette Colbert arriving in Paris, penniless. Taxi driver ... Read full article

Hold Back the Dawn (, 1941)

By Judy on Jul 2, 2016 From Movie Classics

Charles Boyer, Paulette Goddard and Olivia de Havilland Happy 100th birthday, Olivia de Havilland! This is my contribution to her centenary blogathon, being organised by The Good Old Days of Classic Hollywood and Phyllis Loves Classic Movies. Please visit and read the other entries, which cover a wi... Read full article

The Mating Season (1951, )

on Sep 5, 2011 From The Stop Button

The Mating Season is an awkward social comedy of errors. I say awkward because to make the plot work, Gene Tierney has to act selfishly every time she’s supposed to be garnering sympathy. Thinking about it now, the film never even resolves her flirtations with the guy out to ruin her husband (... Read full article

Captain Carey, U.S.A. (1950, )

on Mar 9, 2011 From The Stop Button

Either Alan Ladd was in a bunch of makeup or he’d just had his eyes done because the way his eyebrows don’t move is disturbing. There are a few scenes where Liesen, presumably in an attempt to keep down the expository dialogue, has Ladd try to communicate with his eyes. They fail. Those ... Read full article

: The Best Director Nobody Knows

By Stephen Reginald on Aug 26, 2010 From Classic Movie Man

: The Best Director Nobody Knows Mitchel Leisen's trademark signature Sometimes history isn’t always fair. For example, there are movie directors and actors, who in their day, were enormously famous and successful, but for whatever reasons are almost forgotten today. Pa... Read full article

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Directed 2 actresses to Oscar nominations: Olivia de Havilland (Best Actress, To Each His Own (1946)) and Thelma Ritter (Best Supporting Actress, The Mating Season (1951)). de Havilland won an Oscar for her performance in Leisen's film.

Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 642-649. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987.

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