August 22, 1901
Marianna, Arkansas, U.S.
August 2, 1975
Jean Yarbrough (August 22, 1901 – August 2, 1975) was an American film director.
Biography [ edit ]
He was born in
Marianna, Arkansas. After attending the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, he entered the film business in 1922, first as a propman, but he steadily rose in the ranks to assistant director. Beginning with 1936, he was a bona fide director, first doing comedy and musical shorts for RKO, but in 1938 he graduated to directing features, his first being Rebellious Daughters for the low-budget Progressive Pictures. His greatest success came in the 1940s, when he directed films that are even today fondly remembered, such as , The Devil Bat , King of the Zombies , and a number of She-Wolf of London Abbott and Costello and Bowery Boys comedies.
In the 1950s, when the traditional
B-movie was on the decline, he had few problems switching to television and directed episodes for many series throughout the 1950s and 1960s, and had a two-year stint including producing and directing . He directed some episodes of The Abbott and Costello Show and The Silent Service , two 1950s military dramas based on true stories of the Navy Log United States Navy.
He subsequently directed episodes of
Walter Brennan's western series . His last theatrical film was 1967's The Guns of Will Sonnett , a poor mixture of low comedy, horror and country music...a sad Hillbillys in a Haunted House swan song to his career.
Filmography [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]
Jean Yarbrough at the Internet Movie Database