Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on June 4, 1960 · Page 19
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 19

Tucson, Arizona
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Saturday, June 4, 1960
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JAMES KERN Directing Ann Sothern is easy Being A Character Helps By JACK HIRSHBERG HOLLYWOOD--Doctors go to medical school, lawyers study for the bar, but if James Kern's background is any criterion the year's second greatest mystery is bow does one become a top television director? The greatest mystery of all, concedes Kern, is how he accomplished this himself. "You see," he says sadly, "I'm the guy who directed Jack Benny's unforgettable flop, The Horn Blows At Midnight' It's unforgettable only because Benny won't let anyone forget it. Next to the Maxwell and his penny pinching habits, that picture's the greatest basis for gags Benny has." But survive this catastrophe Kern indeed has, and today he directs one half of the 4#-odd weekly Ami SomeTM shows on UK CBS network. An amiable, balding gent in his early 50s, Kern is a law graduate of Fordham Univer- .sity, but after two years in practice he gave up the profession to become a dance band vocalist many years ago with George Olson's crew. Later he joined three pals in organizing the famous Yacht Club Boys, a tremendously successful comedy song quartet which scored heavily in vaudeville, nightclubs, on records and in the early all-talkie, all-single screen musicals. At the height of this tuccew the amazing Kern left the quartet and became one of Hollywood's top screen writers, turning out comedies for the likes af Bing Crosby, Kay Kyser--remember him?--Ladle Ball and others. He the* became a director with a long line df kits, including "StalliM Rood," "April Showers," starring Miss Sothern, and "The Horn Blows At Midnight," which Kern stoutly ta- siets was not as bad as Benny makes it out to have been. "That would have been impossible--even if I'd tried!" As to that original question, how to become a top TV director, Kern has these words of guidance and wisdom: "First, get · job directing. There may be other ways to get started--like marrying the-producer's daughter--but I'» a direct sort of guy. "Next, b/ sure you direct o*Jy great scripts with great stars. Nobody in this business has any greater ken for comedy a*d oftmedy writMg oia* AM SMh- ern. This makes k mr easier for a director o»a« if ke had to .work with a toner talent. "Third, ft Mac V /«· have M ulcer--so if y«i are very ·ervow and temoerameatal-- and people will keep their distance and respect your artistic temperament. Besides, if you get into an argument with a star or executive, all you need do it double up with pain suddenly and they feel like terrible keels for having irritated you. "And, four*, *'s a good idea to be a character. A character is a guy who's different from other guys--either he talks different or wears spat* or smokes cigarette* lighting the filter end, or some such thing. "This makes people stand a little in awe of you, not know- lag what to expect, a*d it makes you appear much more important than you are, "There are very few geniwM* m tfcis business but ouite · aum- ktr of characters who are »ery rich. Nmr, if you OM be « character AND have a« alcer, you're m, lad, you're really M." TOPS ON TV TONIGHT 6:M p.m.--HIGH ROAD. John Gun (her narrates "Taming a Mighty River," a film dealing with the rote the Mississippi Fiver has played HI American life. (Channel 9) 7:11 p.m.--WORLD W I D E M. "Kicksville, U.S.A." a study ot the narcotics problem discusses the relative merits at the two approaches to addiction -- legal and medical. (Channel 4) 8:M p.m.--DENNIS THE MENACE. In "Dennis Runs Away." « lost Dennis is rescued by two policemen, but before lonf* k is the officers who need rescuing. (Channel 13) 9:M p.m.--PERRY MASON. In "The Case of the Irate Inventor," the wife of * missing man learns that her husband will low; his share in * multimillion dollar electronics business unless he shows up within 14 hours. Raymond Burr stars. (Channel 13) 1*:M p.m.--MOVIE. William Gaxton finds out from "Fifty Million Frenchmen." (1931) (Channel 9) t«:M p.m.-MOVIE. Van Johnson and June AHyson are involved in "The Bride Goes Wild." (1948) (Channel 4) MOVIE. Dan Duryea, Vincent Price and Peler Lorra complicate "The Black Angol." (1SW6) (ChannellS) SUNDAY M:1S a.m.--BASEBALL. Detroit Tigers vs. 1he Cleveland Indians. (Channel 13) 11:15 a.m.--BASEBALL. Oincin- neti Reds vs. the Milwaukea Braves. (Channel 4) 1:M p.m.--GOLF. Don January meets Cary Middlecoff in a quarter final match »t Sebring, Pla. (Channel 4) 4:« p.m.--FYI. "The Taste for Office" is a documentary m which Columbia University Professor Moses Hadas visits the small community of Pier- poat, N.Y. and takes a look at local politics, (Channel 13) I:M p.m.--MUSIC ON ICE. Johnny Desmond is host to Dorothy Keller, Lottie Brunn, Shirley Linde, Joe Given, the Goof- «rs in "The Magic of KM Stage." (Channel 4) ED SULLIVAN. Louf« Prim* and Keeley Smith, Sam Butera and the Witnesses, Bert * Latw, Larry Daniels and Shart Lewis top the guest roster. (Channel 13) «:» p.m.--MAVERICK. A rerun of "Maverick and Juliet," about two feuding families i« *te Old West. Jack Kelly stars. (Channel 9) l:tt ».m.--MYSTERY. "Thunder of SHenoe" is about a fire in a state school for d«af children and the strange behavior of the school superintendent. James Whitmore, John Hoyt and Sandy Ken ton top the OM(. (Channel 4) «:«* p-m.-REBEL. In "Lady of Quality," Johnny finds a deranged young woman amongst «e wreckage of a fine old home which has been burned. Nick Adams stars. (Channel 9) GEORGE GOBEL, Last show of the season makes a lot of to-do over summer vacations. (Channel 13) LORETTA YOUNG. Everett Sloane directed and narrates "The Misfit," which hat to do with a most unusual marriage. (Channel 4) 8:M IM».-WHAT'S MY LINE. Me) Torn* is the guest panelist. (Channel 13) *-.* M"---MOVIE. Errol Plyiw and A«M Sheridan find them- sdves on "The Edge of Daft ness." (1M3) (Channel 11) M):1S p.m.--MOVIE. James Cag- =ey and D0nnfc Margin p««y at being "Captain* *f *· Ctonds." (1M2) (Channel ») MOVIE. Erroi Fly**, Dawd Niva. and Basil RmV bone try "The Daw* PatraL" (ttM) (Ohm** 4) SATURDAY, JUNE 4, I960 TUCSON DAILY CITIZEN PAGE If

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