Vincent Sherman

Highest Rated: 100% All Through the Night (1941)
Lowest Rated: 50% Mr. Skeffington (1944)
Birthday: Jul 16, 1906
Birthplace: Not Available
Born Abram Orovitz, the Vienna, GA native Vincent Sherman became a professional actor not long after he graduated from Oglethorpe University. Like many other Broadway regulars, Sherman arrived in Hollywood in the early talkie years, where he appeared in such films as Counsellor-at-Law (1933). In 1938, Sherman signed on at Warner Bros. as a director; he received his first directorial credit for the 1939 Return of Dr. X, starring Humphrey Bogart. Sherman began at the studio's B-unit, and quickly built a reputation for his ability to take any script, no matter how weak or mediocre, and turn it into a five-star blockbuster; this inveterate talent yielded increasingly bankable projects over time, and by 1942 Sherman was helming such A-list pictures as Humphrey Bogart's All Through the Night (1942), Bette Davis' Old Acquaintance (1943) and Mr. Skeffington (1944), and Joan Crawford's Goodbye My Fancy (1950). In the mid-'50s, the inane HUAC damaged Sherman's career (thanks to his WPA involvement, some two decades prior), which forced him onto McCarthy's "Gray List"; this restrained the progress of his career by six or seven years, but Sherman rebounded, with such pictures as The Garment Jungle (1957), The Naked Earth (1958), Ice Palace (1960), Fever in the Blood (1961), and the 1966 Cervantes, which became his final theatrical film. Sherman spent the next three decades in television, directing such made-for-TV movies as The Last Hurrah (1978) and Women at West Point (1979), and helming episodes of such series as The Waltons, Baretta, and Trapper John, M.D. Despite a long marriage to Hedda Comorau, Sherman engaged in a number of high-profile Tinseltown affairs (which his wife, according to his personal website, accepted unblinkingly, as "part and parcel" of the Hollywood lifestyle); these included a three-year entanglement with the irascible Joan Crawford. A good friend of actor Errol Flynn, the patient Sherman helped see the ever-inebriated Flynn through the arduous production schedule of The Adventures of Don Juan (1949). In his later years, Sherman published the autobiographical career overview Studio Affairs. He made his final bigscreen appearance in the 1995 retrospective documentary Forever Hollywood. Sherman died eleven years later, at the Motion Picture and Television Fund Hospital in Woodland Hills, CA on June 18, 2006, one month shy of his 100th birthday.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Cervantes (Young Rebel) Director 2013
88% Imaginary Witness: Hollywood and the Holocaust Actor 2004
No Score Yet Rita Actor 2003
No Score Yet Rita Actor 2003
No Score Yet Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star Actor 2002
No Score Yet Forever Hollywood Actor 2000
No Score Yet The Waltons The Children's Carol Director 1972
No Score Yet The Second Time Around Director 1961
No Score Yet Ice Palace Director 1960
67% The Young Philadelphians Director 1959
No Score Yet The Garment Jungle Director 1957
No Score Yet Affair in Trinidad Director Producer 1952
No Score Yet Lone Star Director 1952
No Score Yet Goodbye, My Fancy Director 1951
No Score Yet Harriet Craig Director 1950
No Score Yet The Damned Don't Cry Director 1950
No Score Yet Backfire Director 1950
No Score Yet The Hasty Heart Director 1949
No Score Yet Adventures of Don Juan Director 1948
No Score Yet The Unfaithful Director 1947
No Score Yet Nora Prentiss Director 1947
No Score Yet Janie Gets Married Director 1946
No Score Yet Pillow to Post Director 1945
50% Mr. Skeffington Director 1944
No Score Yet In Our Time Director 1944
No Score Yet Old Acquaintance Director 1943
No Score Yet The Hard Way Director 1943
100% All Through the Night Director 1941
No Score Yet Flight from Destiny Director 1941
No Score Yet Underground Director 1941
No Score Yet The Return of Doctor X Director 1939
No Score Yet King of the Underworld Screenwriter 1939
No Score Yet My Bill Screenwriter 1938
No Score Yet Crime School Screenwriter 1938
No Score Yet Midnight Alibi `Black' Mike 1934
100% Counsellor at Law Harry Becker 1933


No Score Yet The Waltons
  • 1973
  • 1972
No Score Yet Medical Center
  • 1970
  • 1969


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