Herschel Eldon Daugherty
October 27, 1910
|Died||March 5, 1993 82) (aged|
|Occupation||Television and film director, actor|
Herschel Eldon Daugherty (October 27, 1910 – March 5, 1993) was an American television and film director and occasional actor.
Born in Clarks Hill, Indiana, to Charles Emerson and Blanche Eracene Daugherty (né Feerer),Daugherty graduated from Whittier College in 1934 and was awarded a scholarship to the Pasadena Playhouse School of the Theater, where he later served as one of its associate directors. In 1942, Daugherty was signed by Warner Brothers as a dialogue director, in which capacity he served for roughly a decade before moving to TV as a full-fledged director. During that period, he also had a number of small acting roles, most of them uncredited. Speaking in 1979, he recalled, "I was in front of a camera just long enough to know I'd do best behind it. It's much easier to tell people what to do." Daugherty's own difficulties onscreen informed his approach to directing:
I like to think I was a coach. Something like Knute Rockne. I want to make it possible for actors to play over their heads, to desire to be better than ever before. I want to give them faith in themselves, to believe in themselves. [...] I never figured there was any point in being like DeMille or some of the others. I watched him tear a young actress apart one day. He had already destroyed her, but he kept going on and on. I realized then there's no way you can act when someone's yelling at you. I was determined that wasn't going to be my approach.
As to just what that approach was and how it differed from DeMille, some comments made in November 1956 by Piper Laurie, then a soon-to-be 25-year-old, studio-promoted starlet—struggling to break free from that image and fresh on the heels of co-starring in a film under Daugherty's direction—may be helpful.
I'm not the most experienced actress in the world. I would like to be, and I found more attention given to my acting on "The Road That Led Afar" than in most of the pictures I've played. [...] In this role the directors have given me a sense of freedom in acting for the first time in my life.
Regarding director Jean Negulesco, with whom he worked at both Warner Brothers and 20th Century Fox,Daugherty recalled:
Negulesco was a great artist, but he couldn't care less about acting. He let me handle all the actors and let me rehearse all the scenes. He told me, "You can do all the work so long as you give me the credit."
Actor Dale Robertson, who would work with both Daugherty and Negulesco on Take Care of My Little Girl (1951), is less charitable in his assessment of the film's nominal director:
Jean Negulesco was an overrated director. He had a dialogue coach who went on to become a really good director... Herschel Daugherty. [...] And Herschel was actually the one who was doing the directing, you know, and Negulesco was taking all the credit. [...] [Y]ou'd see him go over and whisper in Negulesco's ear. And then pretty soon, in a very loud voice, Negulesco would say, "I don't like this line. We're going to make it this way." And he says, "Now that makes more sense. Yes, we'll do it that way." But I never heard him come up with an original thought. It was always Herschel.
Daugherty went on to direct various episodes of popular television shows such as Gunsmoke (1955), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955), Crusader (1955), and Wagon Train , Rawhide (1959), Bonanza (1959), Thriller (1961–62), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964), Star Trek (1966), The Time Tunnel (1966), Hawaii Five-O (1968), The Smith Family (1971–72), Emergency! (1972) and The Six Million Dollar Man (1974). In 1957, for his work on General Electric Theater's "The Road That Led Afar", Daugherty, along with assistant director Richard Birnie, won the Directors Guild of America Award; they also received an Emmy nomination, in the category of "Best Direction, Half Hour or Less."Two years later, Daugherty was nominated in essentially the same category (albeit a slightly more inclusive version), "Best Direction of a Single Program of a Dramatic Series (Less Than One Hour)," for GE Theatre's critically acclaimed adaptation of James Thurber's short story, "One is a Wanderer." In addition, Daugherty directed Millard Lampell's "No Hiding Place," one of the most impactful episodes of the much-praised but short-lived CBS series East Side/West/Side (1963–1964).
At least two notable screen debuts were made with Daugherty directing—Carol Lynley in 1958, in the Disney-produced semi-historical western, The Light in the Forest ;and, the previous year, Gene Kelly, making his TV acting debut in Schlitz Playhouse of the Stars' adaptation of Flannery O'Connor's short story, "The Life You Save May Be Your Own."
Daugherty's dialogue director credits include, among others, the 1947 psychological drama Possessed , such films noir as Passage to Marseille (1944), The Mask of Dimitrios (1944) and Mildred Pierce (1945), the well-received stage-to-screen adaptation Life with Father (1947),the 1946 musical biopic Night and Day and the 1949 musical comedy/Tinseltown parody It's a Great Feeling (1949).
Daugherty died on March 5, 1993, in Encinitas, California at the age of 82.
|1943||Edge Of Darkness||Dialogue Director|
|1944||Passage to Marseille||Dialogue Director|
|The Adventures Of Mark Twain||Dialogue Director|
|The Mask of Dimitrios||Dialogue Director|
|The Conspirators||Dialogue Director|
|1945||Mildred Pierce||Dialogue Director|
|1946||Night and Day||Dialogue Director|
|Nobody Lives Forever||Dialogue Director|
|Life With Father||Dialogue Director|
|That Hagen Girl||Dialogue Director|
|1948||April Showers||Dialogue Director|
|The Woman in White||Dialogue Director|
|1949||John Loves Mary||Dialogue Director|
|Look for the Silver Lining||Dialogue Director|
|It's a Great Feeling||Dialogue Director|
|Red, Hot and Blue||Actor (Uncredited)||Role: Laertes|
|The Story of Seabiscuit||Actor (Uncredited)||Role: Reporter|
|White Heat||Actor (Uncredited)||Role: Policeman|
|1950||Young Man with a Horn||Actor (Uncredited)||Role: Attendant|
|Chain Lightning||Actor (Uncredited)||Role: Sergeant|
|The Damned Don't Cry||Actor (Uncredited)||Role: Rewrite Man|
|The Great Jewel Robber||Actor (Uncredited)||Role: Sgt. Tarrant|
|Tea For Two||Actor (Uncredited)||Role: Theater Manager|
|Where Danger Lives||Actor (Uncredited)||Role: Desk Clerk|
|1951||Lullaby of Broadway||Actor (Uncredited)||Role: Sidney|
|On Moonlight Bay||Dialogue Director|
|Mr. Belvedere Rings the Bell||Technical Advisor (Uncredited)|
|1952||O. Henry's Full House||Dialogue Director (Uncredited)||"The Last Leaf"|
|My Pal Gus||Dialogue Director (Uncredited)|
|1953||How to Marry a Millionaire||Dialogue Director (Uncredited)|
|The Veils of Bagdad||Dialogue Director (Uncredited)|
|South Sea Woman||Dialogue Director|
|The Glory Brigade||Dialogue Director|
|1954||Demetrius and the Gladiators||Dialogue Director (Uncredited)|
|1958||The Light in the Forest||Director|
|1960||The Slowest Gun in the West||Director||Television Movie|
|1966||El Magnifico Extranjero||Director|
|1967||Winchester 73||Director||Television Movie|
|1972||The Victim||Director||Television Movie|
|1973||She Cried Murder||Director||Television Movie|
|1974||Twice in a Lifetime||Director||Television Movie|
|1952||Biff Baker, U.S.A.||Director|
|1953||Chevron Theatre||Director||1 Episode|
|1953-55||The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse||Director||16 Episodes|
|1954-58||Studio 57||Director||29 Episodes|
|1955||City Detective||Director||3 Episodes|
|Fireside Theatre||Director||1 Episode|
|Soldiers of Fortune||Director||5 Episodes|
|1955-56||Star Stage||Director||3 Episodes|
|1955-62||General Electric Theater||Director||36 Episodes|
|1956-62||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Director||24 Episodes|
|1957||Schlitz Playhouse of Stars||Director||2 Episodes|
|State Trooper||Director||1 Episode|
|1957-59||The Joseph Cotten Show||Director||3 Episodes|
|1957-64||Wagon Train||Director||17 Episodes|
|Cimarron City||Director||2 Episodes|
|Lux Playhouse||Director||1 Episode|
|1959-61||The Deputy||Director||3 Episodes|
|1960||The Tall Man||Director||3 Episodes|
|1961||The Magical World Of Disney||Director||2 Episodes|
|Westinghouse Playhouse||Director||1 Episode|
|87th Precinct||Director||2 Episodes|
|1962||Wide Country||Director||1 Episode|
|1962-63||Alcoa Theatre||Director||2 Episodes|
|1962-64||The Virginian||Director||3 Episodes|
|Kraft Mystery Theater||Director||1 Episode|
|The Alfred Hitchcock Hour||Director||3 Episodes|
|1963-64||East Side/West Side||Director||2 Episodes|
|1964||Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre||Director||1 Episode|
|Mr. Novak||Director||1 Episode|
|Mr. Broadway||Director||4 Episodes|
|1965||For The People||Director||1 Episode|
|The Doctors and The Nurses||Director||1 Episode|
|The Man from U.N.C.L.E.||Director||1 Episode|
|The Legend Of Jesse James||Director||2 Episodes|
|The Wackiest Ship in the Army||Director||1 Episode|
|1965-66||Dr. Kildare||Director||19 Episodes|
|The Girl from U.N.C.L.E.||Director||1 Episode|
|T.H.E. Cat||Director||1 Episode|
|1967||Felony Squad||Director||1 Episode|
|Mission: Impossible||Director||1 Episode|
|The Time Tunnel||Director||2 Episodes|
|1967-68||Cimarron Strip||Director||3 Episodes|
|The Rat Patrol||Director||6 Episodes|
|1967-69||Star Trek||Director||2 Episodes|
|1968||It Takes a Thief||Director||1 Episode|
|Hawaii Five-O||Director||5 Episodes|
|1969||The F.B.I.||Director||1 Episode|
|1969-70||Bracken's World||Director||6 Episodes|
|The High Chaparral||Director||2 Episodes|
|1970||Here Come the Brides||Director||1 Episode|
|1970-72||Marcus Welby, M.D.||Director||5 Episodes|
|1971-72||The Smith Family||Director||39 Episodes|
|Hec Ramsey||Director||1 Episode|
|Circle Of Fear||Director||1 Episode|
|1974||Apple's Way||Director||2 Episodes|
|Paper Moon||Director||1 Episode|
|The Six Million Dollar Man||Director||1 Episode|
|Three For The Road||Director||1 Episode|
|Police Woman||Director||2 Episodes|
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