Jean Yarborough | Jean W. Yarbrough
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[on directing Lou Costello
] Actually, it's a simple matter of using child psychology on Lou. If you try to force him to do it your way, he loses his spontaneity. If he has to stick to the letter of the script, he becomes mechanical. That's why it's necessary to keep a very loose rein on him so that the picture will benefit from the added laughs Lou contributes on the spur of the moment.
Yarbrough's career had a lot in common with his slightly older contemporary, William Beaudine
: both began in silents, starting out in menial positions and eventually working their way up to director. Beaudine was at least once considered a promising talent--he directed Sparrows
(1926), one of Mary Pickford
's biggest successes--but ultimately both became unabashed hacks, directing scores of cheap,...