I should throw in Mitchell Leisen
because he fits this category so well. Leisen worked during the Golden Age of Hollywood with many of my favorite classic stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Olivia de Havilland, Jean Arthur, Fred McMurray (9 times), Ray Milland (6 times), Claudette Colbert (4 times), Edward Arnold, Gene Terney, Carole Lombard. A dozen titles are rated above 7.0 on IMDB, but I find his comedies stiff and his dramas even stiffer. Even his good films (Remember the Night, The Mating Season) feel weighed down when the script is anxious to bounce. I actually prefer the triviality of a studio hack like Lloyd Bacon to Leisen's output which reeks of a director who thinks he's better than the material he's given.