Vincent Sherman

Director, Screenwriter, Actor
A working director in Hollywood for more than five decades, and an actor and screenwriter before that, Vincent Sherman has never been designated an "auteur" by cineastes, but he nevertheless directed such Hollywood ... Read more »
Born: 07/15/1906 in Vienna, Georgia, USA

Filmography

Director (37)

77 Sunset Strip 1958 - 1964, 1969 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Director

Baretta 1969 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Director

Doctors Hospital 1969 - 1977, 1979 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Director

Executive Suite 1969 - 1977, 1979 - 1980, 1982 - 1985, 1988 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Director

Simon & Simon 1969 - 1977, 1979 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Director

The Family Holvak 1969 - 1977, 1979 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Director

The Waltons 1969 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Director

Westside Medical 1969 - 1977, 1979 - 1989 (Tv Show)

Director

The Yeagers 1969 - 1976, 1979 - 1980 (Tv Show)

Director

Lady of the House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Director

The Last Hurrah 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Director

Medical Center 1969 - 1976 (Tv Show)

Director

Cervantes 1968 (Movie)

(Director)

The Second Time Around 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

A Fever in the Blood 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

Ice Palace 1960 (Movie)

(Director)

The Young Philadelphians 1958 (Movie)

(Director)

The Garment Jungle 1956 (Movie)

(Director)

Goodbye, My Fancy 1950 (Movie)

(Director)

Harriet Craig 1950 (Movie)

(Director)

The Hasty Heart 1950 (Movie)

(Director)

Mr. Skeffington 1945 (Movie)

(Director)

All Through the Night 1941 (Movie)

(Director)

The Return of Dr. X 1938 (Movie)

(Director)

Affair in Trinidad (Movie)

(Director)

Bogie (TV Show)

Director

In Our Time (Movie)

(Director)

Janie Gets Married (Movie)

(Director)

Nora Prentiss (Movie)

(Director)

Old Acquaintance (Movie)

(Director)

Pillow to Post (Movie)

(Director)

Saturday's Children (Movie)

(Director)

The Adventures of Don Juan (Movie)

(Director)

The Man Who Talked Too Much (Movie)

(Director)

The Unfaithful (Movie)

(Director)

Trouble in High Timber Country (TV Show)

Director

Women at West Point (TV Show)

Director
Actor (7)

Forever Hollywood 1998 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Peter Lorre: The Master of Menace 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Complicated Women (TV Show)

Actor

Midnight Alibi (Movie)

"Black" Mike (Actor)
Writer (4)

King of the Underworld 1938 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

King of the Underworld 1938 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Crime School 1937 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

The Adventures of Jane Arden (Movie)

(Screenwriter)
Producer (1)

Affair in Trinidad (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A working director in Hollywood for more than five decades, and an actor and screenwriter before that, Vincent Sherman has never been designated an "auteur" by cineastes, but he nevertheless directed such Hollywood classics as "Mr. Skeffington" (1945), as well as "The Hard Way" (1942), which won Ida Lupino the New York Film Critics Award, and films starring Paul Newman, Rita Hayworth, and Humphrey Bogart, to name a few. For much of his career, Sherman was typed as a "woman's director", but he not only fought that designation with work in such films as "All Through the Night" (1941), a taut spy drama starring Bogart and Peter Lorre. His tenacity also carried him into several decades of TV work while other directors from the heydays of the studio system could not adapt.<p>Born in Vienna, Georgia, as Abraham (some sources say Abram) Orovitz, Sherman grew up as one of a handful of Jews in a small Southern town. Perhaps this sense of the being the outsider helped spark an interest in the theater. Orovitz headed to New York after college where, renamed Vincent Sherman, he became a stage actor. He made his screen acting debut in William Wyler's "Counsellor-at-Law" (1933). Acting jobs were always character roles and feeling stifled, he turned to writing. By 1937, Sherman had migrated to Hollywood with a Warner Brothers contract as a screenwriter. He co-wrote "Crime Story" (1938), a follow-up in the "Dead End Kids" series. He got his break as a director in 1939 directing Bogie--still in his second lead villain stage--in "The Return of Dr. X". It was another Bogart vehicle, "All Through the Night", that firmly established the director. Sherman helmed "The Hard Way" with Ida Lupino playing an ambitious woman pushing her sister into a show business career as a ticket to the big city. Based on his work, he was chosen to direct "Mr. Skeffington", in which Bette Davis played a vain woman forced into a marriage of convenience with a wealthy Jewish man (Claude Rains). Errol Flynn was drunk during much of the production of "The New Adventures of Don Juan" (1948), but Sherman made the film work. Sherman directed Ronald Reagan as a Scottish soldier in "The Hasty Heart" (1949), and, according to Sherman's autobiography, the two clashed when Sherman tried to elicit a greater depth of performance from Reagan. Rita Hayworth starred in Sherman's "Affair in Trinidad" (1952), which featured the actress as a cafe singer and reunited her with her "Gilda" co-star Glenn Ford. Sherman directed Paul Newman in the Mainline Philadelphia Sturm und Drang, "The Young Philadelphians" (1959), but with the collapse of the studio system, film offers began to wane. His last film "Young Rebel/Cervantes" (1967) was misguided period drama.<p>But Sherman was not ready to retire, so he moved into TV. In the 60s, he directed episodes of "77 Sunset Strip" and TV pilots. He broke into TV movies in 1977 directing Carroll O'Connor in a remake of "The Last Hurrah" (NBC). Dyan Cannon starred as madam-turned-mayor Sally Stanford in "Lady of the House" (NBC, 1978). In 1980, Sherman directed the Operation Prime Time (syndicated) miniseries "The Dream Merchants", which dealt with Hollywood. Two other of his later TV longforms also dealt with his past: "Bogie" (CBS, 1980) looked at the life of the actor whom Sherman had directed several times at Warner Bros., while "Rita Hayworth: The Love Goddess" (CBS, 1983) profiled the actress with whom he had a brief affair. Sherman also reteamed with Glenn Ford on episodes of Ford's series "The Family Holvack" (NBC, 1975). Into the 80s, Sherman was still going strong directing episodes of "Simon & Simon" for CBS. In 1996, he published a memoir, "Studio Affairs: My Life as a Film Director".

Relationships

Hedda Sherman

Wife
died in 1984

Eric Sherman

Son

EDUCATION

Oglethorpe University

Milestones

1983

Directed TV-movie based on life of Rita Hayworth

1980

Helmed the syndicated miniseries, "The Dream Merchants"

1977

Directed first TV-movie, "The Last Hurrah" (NBC)

1967

Helmed last feature, "Cervantes"

1962

Began directing for TV with episodes of "77 Sunset Strip" (date approximate)

1959

Helmed "The Young Philadelphians", featuring Paul Newman

1952

Directed Rita Hayworth in "Affair in Trinidad"

1949

Was director of screen version of "The Hasty Heart"

1944

Helmed "Mr. Skeffington", starring Bette Davis and Claude Rains

1942

First film with Bette Davis, "Old Acquaintance"

1941

Directed Ida Lupino in her triumphant performance in "The Hard Way"

1940

Had first successful feature, "All Through the Night"

1939

Directed feature "The Return of Dr. X"

1938

Co-wrote film "Crime School"

1937

Went to Hollywood to work for Warner Bros.

1933

Made feature film acting debut, "Counsellor-at-Law"

Bonus Trivia

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"I think the actual craft (of filmmaking) has changed. In recent years, since Lucas' 'Star Wars' and Spielberg's 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind', I think that the entire business of special effects has improved enormously. One thousand percent. All the things we never thought about or even conceived the possibility of doing, now they can and are doing it." --Vincent Sherman in Moviemaker, September/October 1996.

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