James V. Kern

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.

James V. Kern
Born(1909-09-22)September 22, 1909
DiedNovember 9, 1966(1966-11-09) (aged 57)
OccupationActor, singer, songwriter, screenwriter, director
Years active1935-1968

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.[1] 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."


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As writer

As actor

As producer


  1. Monush, Barry & Sheridan, James, "Lucille Ball FAQ: Everything left to know about America's favorite redhead," Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 2011. ISBN 978-1617740824. Retrieved 31 Jan 2014
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