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According to this article. I guess they just wanted a simple name, that wouldn't draw too much attention. The original proposal was to credit the fictional "Al Smith", but that was deemed too common a name, and in fact was already in use within the film industry. The last name was first changed to "Smithe," then "Smithee,"1 which was thought to be ...


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There are potentially two answers to this: depending on how much you're willing to refine certain elements of the question: In a straight '1 Director' example, Hellraiser Bloodline is the highest grossing film that is directed singularly by someone invoking 'Alan Smithee'. The film was actually directed by special FX makeup artist Kevin Yagher, who has ...


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