Being “perceptive of the values in the story” is nothing to be sneezed at, and “dependable” directors do a lot of terrific work. Love Me or Leave Me doesn’t fit into an auteur theory bucket since Vidor . . . didn’t “mark” his films with a particular stamp. He wasn’t prolific, but his career included screwball comedies, horror films, crime stories, and musicals. . . . Doing what was “expected of him” yielded wonderful results.