A friend at work and I are bemused at recent documentaries on Rita Hayworth, Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, all featuring director “In Like” Vincent Sherman (now closing in on his 100th b’day). In all three specials, he told the exact same story about how he schtupped the subject of said show: “Yeah, [Rita/Joan/Bette] was nervous and unhappy when we started shooting, so I did what I could to make her more comfortable. After the first day, [Rita/Joan/Bette] asked me to drive her home, and I waited while she went upstairs and put on her nightgown. I went into the bedroom to turn off the light, and [Rita/Joan/Bette] said, ‘You’re not going home, are you?’ And then we went to bed.”
Now, leaving aside the fact that a gentleman would never tell such things and why should we believe anyone who’s not a gentleman, haven’t the filmmakers noticed that he tells the same story every time he’s interviewed? A look at his resume reveals that he also directed Billie Burke, Mary Boland, Thelma Ritter . . . not to mention The Waltons! “Goodnight, Mary-Ellen . . .” “You’re not going home, are you?” “And then we went to bed.”
I also note that his film titles are a bit giggle-inducing: *All Through the Night, The Hard Way, Pillow to Post, The Unfaithful, Adventures of Don Juan, A Fever in the Blood, Accidents Will Happen, Hell Bent for Love, Girl in Danger * . . .