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James V. Kern

Film Director / Actor / Screenwriter / Film Producer | * 09/22/1909 († 57, 11/09/1966) | New York City, New York (United States of America (USA))
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." ()
Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Music | Drama

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Movies with James V. Kern as Actor(4)

as Jimmie (as The Yacht Club Boys)1937 Thrill of a Lifetime
as himself1937 Artists & Models
as Member - The Yacht Club Boys1936 The Singing Kid
as The Yacht Club Boys1936 Pigskin Parade

Movies with James V. Kern as Crew(23)

Directing/Director1956 Lum and Abner Abroad
Production/Producer1956 Lum and Abner Abroad
Directing/Director1951 Two Tickets to Broadway
Directing/Director1950 The Second Woman
Directing/Director1948 April Showers
Directing/Director1947 Stallion Road
Directing/Director1946 Movieland Magic
Directing/Director1946 Never Say Goodbye
Writing/Screenplay1946 Never Say Goodbye
Writing/Original Story1946 Her Kind of Man
Writing/Screenplay1945 The Horn Blows at Midnight
Directing/Director1944 The Doughgirls
Writing/Writer1944 The Doughgirls
Writing/Screenplay1944 Shine on Harvest Moon
Writing/Screenplay1943 Thank Your Lucky Stars
Writing/Screenplay1941 Playmates
Writing/Screenplay1941 Look Who's Laughing
Writing/Story1941 Look Who's Laughing
Writing/Story1940 If I Had My Way
Writing/Screenplay1940 You'll Find Out
Writing/Story1940 You'll Find Out
Writing/Writer1939 East Side of Heaven
Writing/Screenplay1939 That's Right - You're Wrong

TV Shows/Series with James V. Kern as Crew(16)

Directing/Director1963 My Favorite Martian
Directing/Director1960 My Three Sons
Directing/Director1960 Pete and Gladys
Directing/Director1958 77 Sunset Strip
Directing/Director1958 The Ann Sothern Show
Directing/Director1958 The Donna Reed Show
Directing/Director1957 Maverick
Directing/Director1957 Sugarfoot
Directing/Director1957 Date with the Angels
Directing/Director1956 The Gale Storm Show
Directing/Director1956 Hey, Jeannie!
Directing/Director1956 Conflict
Directing/Director1955 The 20th Century Fox Hour
Directing/Director1955 The Millionaire
Directing/Director1955 Those Whiting Girls
Directing/Director1951 I Love Lucy

Full Name: James Kern
Born: Wednesday, 09/22 1909 (September) in New York City, New York (United States of America (USA))
Died: Wednesday, 11/09 1966 (November) in Encino (aged: 57)
Zodiac sign: Virgo (Chinese zodiac sign: Rooster)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Educated at: Fordham University School of Law
Other names for James V. Kern (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Yacht Club Boys"
"James Kern"
"The Yacht Club Boys"
James V. Kern frequently works together with these people:
David Butler (15x, Crew)
Will Wright (10x, Actor)
Richard Deacon (9x, Actor)
Lawrence Dobkin (9x, Actor)
Jay Novello (7x, Actor)
Irene Morra (7x, Crew)
Charles Lane (7x, Actor)
Herb Vigran (7x, Actor)
Tol Avery (6x, Actor)
Olan Soule (6x, Actor)
Lillian Bronson (6x, Actress)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:491100, Added: 10/04/2018, Last updated: 11/19/2021