Biography

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James V. Kern (September 22, 1909, New York City, New York – November 9, 1966, Encino, California) was an American singer, songwriter, screenwriter, actor, and director.

Educated at the Fordham Law School, Kern worked for a while as an attorney. He sang with the George Olsen Trio, and appeared with the Olsen orchestra in the musical Good News. From 1927 to 1939, he sang with and wrote for the Yacht Club Boys quartet, with whom he appeared in several motion pictures.

He became a screenwriter and later a director. In film, he directed mainly "B" pictures, but after he moved to television, he directed hundreds of series episodes. He was one of the house directors on I Love Lucy in the 1950s. He directed My Three Sons for most of two seasons in the 1960s. When he died suddenly of a heart attack at age 57, several episodes of the show remained only partially completed for the 1966/67 season, so director James Sheldon was brought in by series producers to round out the season.

He joined ASCAP in 1955. His popular-song compositions include "Easy Street," "Lover, Lover," "Little Red Fox," and "Shut the Door."

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

James V. Kern (September 22, 1909, New York City, New York – November 9, 1966, Encino, California) was an American singer, songwriter, screenwriter, actor, and director.

Educated at the Fordham Law School, Kern worked for a while as an attorney. He sang with the George Olsen Trio, and appeared with the Olsen orchestra in the musical Good News. From 1927 to 1939, he sang with and wrote for the Yacht Club Boys quartet, with whom he appeared in several motion pictures.

He became a screenwriter and later a director. In film, he directed mainly "B" pictures, but after he moved to television, he directed hundreds of series episodes. He was one of the house directors on I Love Lucy in the 1950s. He directed My Three Sons for most of two seasons in the 1960s. When he died suddenly of a heart attack at age 57, several episodes of the show remained only partially completed for the 1966/67 season, so director James Sheldon was brought in by series producers to round out the season.

He joined ASCAP in 1955. His popular-song compositions include "Easy Street," "Lover, Lover," "Little Red Fox," and "Shut the Door."

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 38

Birthday 1909-09-22

Day of Death 1966-11-09

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

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Also Known As

  • Yacht Club Boys
  • James Kern
  • The Yacht Club Boys

Directing TV ShowsMovies

1963 My Favorite Martian (6 episodes)Director
1960 My Three Sons (99 episodes)Director
1960 Pete and Gladys (2 episodes)Director
1960 New Comedy Showcase (1 episode)Director
1959 Bourbon Street Beat (4 episodes)Director
1958 77 Sunset Strip (4 episodes)Director
1958 The Ann Sothern Show (1 episode)Director
1958 The Donna Reed Show (1 episode)Director
1957 Maverick (3 episodes)Director
1957 Sugarfoot (1 episode)Director
1957 Date with the Angels (2 episodes)Director
1956 The Gale Storm Show (1 episode)Director
1956 Conflict (1 episode)Director
1956 Hey, Jeannie! (1 episode)Director
1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour (1 episode)Director
1955 Those Whiting Girls (1 episode)Director
1955 The Millionaire (7 episodes)Director
1951 Two Tickets to Broadway Director
1951 I Love Lucy (12 episodes)Director
1950 The Second Woman Director
1948 April Showers Director
1947 Stallion Road Director
1946 Never Say Goodbye Director
1946 Movieland Magic Director
1944 The Doughgirls Director

Writing

1946 Never Say Goodbye Screenplay
1946 Her Kind of Man Original Story
1945 The Horn Blows at Midnight Screenplay
1944 The Doughgirls Writer
1944 Shine on Harvest Moon Screenplay
1943 Thank Your Lucky Stars Screenplay
1941 Playmates Screenplay
1940 You'll Find Out Story Screenplay
1940 If I Had My Way Story
1939 That's Right - You're Wrong Screenplay
1939 East Side of Heaven Writer

Acting

1937 Thrill of a Lifetime as Jimmie (as The Yacht Club Boys)
1937 Artists & Models as Himself
1936 Pigskin Parade as The Yacht Club Boys
1936 The Singing Kid as Member - The Yacht Club Boys

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