Alan Smithee

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One of the greatest movie directors in the history of film, Alan Smithee has directed more than 40 feature films in his 30+ year career.

Born in the tiny Eastern European country of Batavia, Smithee's family emigrated to the U.S. ( 'Smithee' is actually the Americanized version of the family's old world name - 'Johnson' ) during the Great Peat Shortage of 1935. They eventually settled in Oxnard, California where Smithee's father, Tim, found work as a horsepainter. His mother, Esme, worked part time as the Governor of California ( 1936 - 38 ) until the vicissitudes of raising 13 children made it too difficult.

Smithee's first job in the movie industry was at Warner Bros. where he worked as a tripod for the immortal William "One Shot" Beaudine on several of the wildly popular Torchy Blane films. From there he worked his way up to assistant gaffer at Monogram and, in 1955, got his first big break substituting for famed cinematographer Arnie Ellis II after he was mauled by a sloth on the set of Tarzan Buys A Buick.


Smithee Filmography[edit]

*Speed II ( 1997 - with Tamia singing in the film, he had no other choice )

  • Ninjas killerzzzz from Planet Sex ( 1995 )
  • Plop Plop, Fizz Fizz - The Movie! ( 1990 )
  • Saigon Surprise ( 1989 )
  • A Milli Vanilli Christmas ( TV ) ( 1988 )
  • Big Big Guns ( 1986 )
  • Death Exterminator II ( 1985 )
  • Galaxy Fighters III: The Empire's New Hope ( 1981 )
  • He's Behind You! ( 1980 )
  • Galaxy Fighters II: Payback ( 1978 )
  • Galaxy Fighters ( 1976 )
  • Messy Jill, Goofy Bill ( 1975 )
  • Kung-Fu Death Cheaters ( 1974 )
  • Hands Up, Honky! ( 1974 )
  • Motorcycle Mamas In Chains ( 1973 )
  • Three-Wheeled Rebels ( 1971 )
  • "Requiem for a Martian" ( Star Trek episode that only exists in the Mirror Universe; writer; 1969 )
  • Godbother! ( 1968 )
  • The Eerie Area ( TV ) ( [AD|1967]] )
  • Chuck Winsor: Park Ranger ( TV ) ( 1966 )
  • With Four You Get Pigs Feet ( [[AD|1965] )
  • Come Back, Farley Granger! ( 1964 )
  • Hillbilly Hijinks ( [[AD|1963] )
  • Uncle Slappy's Fun-Tank ( TV ) ( 1960 - 62 )
  • Mars Needs Elvis ( 1959 )
  • Reform School Hellcats ( 1958 )
  • Beach Blanket Beats ( 1957 )

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