Jean Yarbrough

Director, Prop man
Jean Yarbrough not only came of age during the mid-20th-century heyday of the B movie, but also helped define it. Working for the low-budget production house Monogram Pictures, among others, he helped crank out scores ... Read more »
Born: 08/22/1900 in Marianna, Arkansas, USA

Filmography

Director (34)

McHale's Navy 1951 - 1954, 1957 - 1958, 1962 - 1969 (Tv Show)

Director

The Abbott and Costello Show 1951 - 1954, 1957 - 1958, 1964 - 1969 (Tv Show)

Director

The Addams Family 1951 - 1954, 1957 - 1958, 1964 - 1969 (Tv Show)

Director

The Guns of Will Sonnett 1951 - 1954, 1957 - 1958, 1967 - 1969 (Tv Show)

Director

Saintly Sinners 1961 (Movie)

(Director)

The Silent Service 1951 - 1952, 1957 - 1958 (Tv Show)

Director

She Wolf of London 1946 (Movie)

(Director)

The Gang's All Here 1940 (Movie)

(Director)

Cuban Pete (Movie)

(Director)

Father Makes Good (Movie)

(Director)

Freckles Comes Home (Movie)

(Director)

Henry, the Rainmaker (Movie)

(Director)

Here Come the Co-Eds (Movie)

(Director)

Hillbillys in a Haunted House (Movie)

(Director)

Holiday in Havana (Movie)

(Director)

House of Horrors (Movie)

(Director)

In Society (Movie)

(Director)

Jack and the Beanstalk (Movie)

(Director)

Joe Palooka Meets Humphrey (Movie)

(Director)

King of the Zombies (Movie)

(Director)

Law of the Jungle (Movie)

(Director)

Leave It to Henry (Movie)

(Director)

Let's Go Collegiate (Movie)

(Director)

Lost in Alaska (Movie)

(Director)

Man from Headquarters (Movie)

(Director)

Moon Over Las Vegas (Movie)

(Director)

Rebellious Daughters (Movie)

(Director)

Silent Witness (Movie)

(Director)

The Brute Man (Movie)

(Director)

The Devil Bat (Movie)

(Director)

The Gang's All Here (Movie)

(Director)

The Naughty Nineties (Movie)

(Director)

The Over-the-Hill Gang (TV Show)

Director

Triple Threat (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (1)

Moon Over Las Vegas (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Jean Yarbrough not only came of age during the mid-20th-century heyday of the B movie, but also helped define it. Working for the low-budget production house Monogram Pictures, among others, he helped crank out scores of films with such titles as "King of the Zombies" (1941) and "Criminal Investigator" ('42). During the war years, Yarbrough was fortunate to win a job directing films starring the popular comedy duo Abbott and Costello. He helmed several of the pair's efforts, including the '45 period piece "The Naughty Nineties," which featured the team's classic routine "Who's on First?" A few years later, the prolific and seemingly tireless Yarbrough also directed a plethora of episodes of the pair's TV series, "The Abbott and Costello Show" ('52). Not long after the two comedians started making films, ensemble comedy group the Bowery Boys got into the movie game. Thanks to his experience, Yarbrough was a natural choice to direct some of these productions. His contributions to the series include "Angels in Disguise" and "Master Minds," both released in '49. All told, Yarbrough's film credits total over 125. Ever energetic, he was also very active in TV, directing episodes of misfit family sitcom "The Addams Family" ('64) and the Western saga "Death Valley Days" ('67), in addition to many other shows.

EDUCATION

University of the South

Sewanee, Tennessee

Milestones

1938

Film directing debut with "Rebellious Daughters"

1922

First film job as prop man for Hal Roach

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