Sherman, Vincent: Director Career; Filmography

July 16, 1906–June 18, 2006

Vincent Sherman was born Abraham Orovitz on July 16, 1906 to Jewish parents in the small town of Vienna, Georgia, where his father was dry-goods salesman.

After graduating from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Sherman arrived in New York to sell a play and became a stage director and actor.

As actor he made his debut in May 1936 in Bitter Stream which also had Frances Bavier, later known for her role on The Andy Griffith Show.

He arrived in Hollywood in the early sound era, where he appeared in William Wyler’s 1933 film Counsellor at Law starring John Barrymore.

In 1938, Sherman signed on at Warner as a director, making his debut in the 1939 horror film The Return of Doctor X, starring Humphrey Bogart.

Sherman quickly built a reputation for his ability to rewrite scripts and turning them into successful films.  gradually, he moved onto helming star-studded pictures. Initially, he was known as a “woman’s director,” but his range expanded.

After his film career ended, Sherman switched to television. In 2004, he was the oldest of 21 individuals interviewed in the documentary Imaginary Witness, a chronicle of filmmaking about the Holocaust.

Sherman was married to Hedda Comorau from 1931 until her death in 1984. He had two children with Comorau:  son Eric Sherman, and daughter Hedwin Naimark.

He had several high-profile affairs with his actresses, including Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. In his memoir Studio Affairs: My Life as a Film Director, he described his relationship with Crawford and Rita Hayworth. During the last nine years of his life, he was involved romantically with Francine York.

Sherman died on June 18, 2006, a month short of his 100th birthday.

Filmography as Director
1939
The Return of Doctor X

1940
Saturday’s Children

The Man Who Talked Too Much

1941
Flight from Destiny

Underground

1942
All Through the Night

Across the Pacific

1943
The Hard Way

Old Acquaintance

The Present with a Future
Short film
1944
In Our Time

Mr. Skeffington

1945
Pillow to Post

1946
Janie Gets Married

1947
Nora Prentiss

The Unfaithful

1948
Adventures of Don Juan (Alternative title: The New Adventures of Don Juan)
1949
The Hasty Heart

1950
Backfire

The Damned Don’t Cry

Harriet Craig

1951
Goodbye, My Fancy

1952
Lone Star

Affair in Trinidad

1957
The Garment Jungle

1958
The Naked Earth

1959
The Young Philadelphians

1960
Ice Palace

1961
A Fever in the Blood

The Second Time Around

1967
Cervantes (Alternative title: Young Rebel)

Actor

1933

Counsellor at Law, Harry Becker

1934
Speed Wings, as Mickey

The Crime of Helen Stanley, as Karl Williams

One Is Guilty, as William Malcolm

Hell Bent for Love, as Johnny Frank

Midnight Alibi, as Black Mike

Girl in Danger, as Willie Tolini