James Neilson (director)

James D. Neilson (October 1, 1909  December 9, 1979) was an American television director, known for his work with Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color.[1]


During the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, Neilson directed over 100 television episodes, including multiple episodes of dramatic series such as Adam-12, Ironside, Walt Disney's Wonderful World, Bonanza, Batman, Zorro, The Rifleman, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and others.

Movies directed by Neilson include Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow, The Moon-Spinners,[2] Gentle Giant, Bon Voyage!, The First Time, Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows,[3] and Moon Pilot.[4]

Neilson's direction was nominated for a 1959 primetime Emmy Award for General Electric Theater.[1]

Other work

In addition to directing, Neilson's filmography includes credits for writing, on Wonderful World of Disney (1970),[1] and for acting, on Perry Mason (1961).[1]


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