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Jean Yarbrough (1900–1975)

Jean Yarbrough was born on August 22, 1900 in Marianna, Arkansas, USA as Arthur Jean Wilker Yarbrough. He was a director and producer, known for The Abbott and Costello Show (1952), The Guns of Will Sonnett (1967) and Jack and the Beanstalk (1952). He died on August 2, 1975 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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The Abbott and Costello Show
The Guns of Will Sonnett
Jack and the Beanstalk
The Devil Bat
The Devil Bat Director


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 1970-1971 Adam-12 (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1969 The Over-the-Hill Gang (TV Movie)
 1967-1969 The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV Series) (34 episodes)
- The Sodbuster (1969)
- One Angry Juror (1969)
- The Trial (1969)
 1966 Bonanza (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1966 Man in the Square Suit (TV Movie)
 1965 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Hello Dere (1965)
 1965 McHale's Navy (TV Series) (3 episodes)
 1965 Broadside (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- Miss Ranakai (1965)
 1965 The World of Abbott and Costello (archive footage, uncredited)
 1961 The Brothers Brannagan (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1961 The Case of the Dangerous Robin (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Man on the Run (1961)
 1960 The Blue Angels (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1960 Gunsmoke (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- No Chip (1960)
- Colleen So Green (1960)
- Till Death Do Us (1960)
 1959-1960 Pony Express (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- The Replacement (1960)
- Wrong Rope (1959)
 1959 Border Patrol (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Cargo Unknown (1959)
 1958-1959 Flight (TV Series) (33 episodes)
- Chopper Four (1959)
- Sky Hook (1958)
- Flight Surgeon (1958)
 1957-1958 The Silent Service (TV Series) (37 episodes)
- The Bowfin Story (1958)
- The Tautog Story (1958)
 1958 Panic! (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1957-1958 The Life of Riley (TV Series) (8 episodes)
- The Letter (1958)
- Movie Struck (1958)
 1955-1957 Navy Log (TV Series) (12 episodes)
- The Star (1957)
- Buzz Boy (1957)
- Peril on the Sea (1956)
- Bucket of Sand (1956)
 1956 Hot Shots
 1956 Yaqui Drums
 1955-1956 Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok (TV Series) (9 episodes)
- Blind Alley (1956)
- Halley's Comet (1956)
- Ghost Town Lady (1955)
 1955 Night Freight
 1952-1954 The Abbott and Costello Show (TV Series) (52 episodes)
- Barber Lou (1954)
- Wife Wanted (1953)
- Well Oiled (1953)
- The Tax Return (1953)
 1954 General Electric Theater (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Pardon My Aunt (1954)
 1954 Champs of the Chase (Short)
 1953 Your Jeweler's Showcase (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1951 The Andrews Sisters (TV Movie)
 1951 Casa Manana
 1951 Knights of the Bath (Short)
 1950 Beulah (TV Series)
 1950 Big Timber
 1950 Sideshow
 1949 Master Minds
 1949 The Mutineers
 1949 Fun on the Run (Short)
 1949 Kitchen Mechanics (Short)
 1948 Triple Threat
 1948 The Creeper
 1948 Shed No Tears
 1948 The Challenge
 1948 Oysters and Muscles (Short)
 1946 The Brute Man
 1946 Inside Job
 1946 Cuban Pete
 1944 In Society
 1944 Week-End Pass
 1943 Hi'ya, Sailor
 1943 South Sea Rhythms (Short)
 1943 Get Going
 1941 More Worlds to Conquer (Short)
 1940 The Devil Bat (as Jean Yarborough)
 1940 Molly Cures a Cowboy (Short)
 1939 America's Safest Tire (Short)
 1939 Start the Music (Short)
 1939 Crime Rave (Short)
 1939 Swing Vacation (Short)
 1938 Sea Melody (Short)
 1938 Russian Dressing (Short)
 1938 Rebellious Daughters (as Jean W. Yarbrough)
 1938 Picketing for Love (Short) (as Jean Yarborough)
 1938 Berth Quakes (Short)
 1938 A Buckaroo Broadcast (Short)
 1938 The Dummy Owner (Short) (as Jean W. Yarbrough)
 1937 A Rented Riot (Short)
 1937 Trailing Along (Short)
 1937 Wife Insurance (Short)
 1937 Swing Fever (Short)
 1937 Inlawful (Short)
 1936 Bad Medicine (Short)
 1936 Dog Blight (Short) (as Jean W. Yarbrough)
 1936 Don't Be Like That (Short)
 1936 All Business (Short)
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Alternate Names:

Jean Yarborough | Jean W. Yarbrough

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[on directing Lou Costello] Actually, it's a simple matter of using child psychology on Lou. If you try to force him to do it your way, he loses his spontaneity. If he has to stick to the letter of the script, he becomes mechanical. That's why it's necessary to keep a very loose rein on him so that the picture will benefit from the added laughs Lou contributes on the spur of the moment.


Yarbrough's career had a lot in common with his slightly older contemporary, William Beaudine: both began in silents, starting out in menial positions and eventually working their way up to director. Beaudine was at least once considered a promising talent--he directed Sparrows (1926), one of Mary Pickford's biggest successes--but ultimately both became unabashed hacks, directing scores of cheap,... See more »

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