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James V. Kern

  • Highest Rated: 89% The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)
  • Lowest Rated: 89% The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)
  • Birthday: Sep 22, 1909
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A former lawyer, James V. Kern was briefly popular in the 1930s as a member of the Yacht Club Boys, a "nut" singing group best described as a WASP version of the Ritz Brothers. Changing career directions in 1939, Kern was signed as a scriptwriter at RKO Radio, where his first assignment was the Kay Kyser vehicle That's Right, You're Wrong (1939). His acute appreciation of bandleader Kyser's bucolic comedy style led to Kern's next screenplay, You'll Find Out (1940), a mediocre affair distinguished by its one-time-only teaming of master menaces Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre and Bela Lugosi. Moving to Warner Bros., Kern made his directorial debut with the all-star musical Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943). Ending his film career with the Howard Hughes-produced musical Two Tickets to Broadway (1952), James V. Kern turned to the world of television; he served as sole director for the fifth season of I Love Lucy, which included the classic "Trip to Europe" episodes.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Two Tickets to Broadway Director 1951
No Score Yet The Second Woman Director 1950
No Score Yet April Showers Director 1948
No Score Yet Stallion Road Director 1947
No Score Yet Never Say Goodbye Director Screenwriter 1946
89% The Horn Blows at Midnight Screenwriter 1945
No Score Yet The Doughgirls Director Screenwriter 1944
No Score Yet Shine On, Harvest Moon Screenwriter 1944
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars Screenwriter 1943
No Score Yet Playmates Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet Look Who's Laughing Screenwriter 1941
No Score Yet You'll Find Out (Here Come the Boogie Men) Screenwriter 1940
No Score Yet If I Had My Way Screenwriter 1940
No Score Yet Thanks a Million Actor 1935

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet My Favorite Martian
1963-1966
Director
  • 1965
  • 1964
No Score Yet Maverick
1957-1962
Director
  • 1960
  • 1959
  • 1958
  • 1957
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
1951-1957
Director
  • 1957
  • 1956
  • 1955
  • 1951

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