James V. Kern
34143 The Yacht Club Boys
Kern (top, left) as a member of The Yacht Club Boys comedy/singing quartet group in the 1930's.
Vital information
Born: (1909-09-22)September 22, 1909
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Died November 9, 1966(1966-11-09) (aged 57)
Deathplace: Encino, Californis, U.S.
Actor, Singer, Songwriter/Composer, Sereenwriter, Director
Years active: 1935-1968
Family and Personal information
Character/Show information
Appeared on/
involved with:
I Love Lucy
Episodes appeared in/
involed with:
39 episodes directed from Seasons 4-6
I Love Lucy Wiki Script

James V. Kern (September 22, 1909 – November 9, 1966) was an American singer, songwriter, screenwriter, actor, and director; he directed 39 episodes of I Love Lucy from Seasons 4-6.

Born and raised in New York City, James studied and graduated from the Fordham Law School. He then worked for a while as an attorney. He sang with the George Olsen Trio, and appeared with the Olsen orchestra in "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 and My Three Sons in the 1960s . When he died suddenly of a heart attack at age 57, there were some episodes of another highly successful CBS-TV sitcom series, the long-running My Three Sons, that had only been partially completed for the 1966/67 season, so director James Sheldon was brought in by the Producers of that series to round out the season.

As a songwriter/composer, James joined ASCAP in 1955. His popular-song compositions include "Easy Street", "Lover, Lover," "Little Red Fox," and "Shut the Door."


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  • 1935: Thanks a Million : Yacht Club Boy
  • 1936: The Singing Kid : Yacht Club Boy
  • 1936: Stage Struck : Jimmy
  • 1937: Artists & Models : Member, Yacht Club Boys
  • 1937: Thrill of a Lifetime : Jimmie

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