Smithee, Alan Easter Egg - Alan Who?

In many movies and music videos, the director is listed as Alan Smithee. Here's the egg: There is no Alan Smithee. Alan Smithee is a pseudonym used by directors who do not want to be associated with a film. I have only seen this on music videos, but it is widely used. Look around for it.

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Contributed By: TwentyEight on 10-16-2002
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Special Requirements: Any movie (especially a music video)
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This also gave rise to one of the funniest MST3K barbs ever. During the opening credits of "Jack Frost" (a Russo-Finnish co-production), Mike said, 'These names are all Russian for "Alan Smithee"'.
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dennisaugust writes:
This film credit was used in earlier-era films. A funny mention of this was in an episode of the simpsons when Mr. Burns made a movie credited to Alan Smithee.
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Johan Solo writes:
This is also referenced in an episode of The Simpsons. Though I cannot remember which one, I distinctly remember some film (I think one about Mr. Burns' life or childhood) was by "Alan Smithee". I attributed it to a psuedoname for Wayland Smithers, but this is also a probability.
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Amazing that an "egg" like this could end up in the Archive while so many legitimate ones never even get considered. The Alan Smithee story is so well-known by now, even by people outside the film community, that there's nothing "hidden" about it. You may as well post something about Hitchcock's MacGuffin.
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