James B. Allardice
Born(1919-03-20)March 20, 1919
DiedFebruary 15, 1966(1966-02-15) (aged 46)
Occupation(s)American TV and film screenwriter/director
Years active1942–1966

James B. Allardice (March 20, 1919 – February 15, 1966) was an American television comedy writer of the 1950s and 1960s.


James Burns Allardice Jr. was born to James Burns Allardice, a native of Scotland, and Lucinda (Lula) Masters Gladden. He was educated at McKinley High School in Canton, Ohio,.[1] He went on to the College of Wooster, where he was active in theater, and graduated in 1941. During World War II he served in the US Army. Following the war, Allardice attended graduate school at Yale University and wrote the play At War with the Army under playwright Marc Connelly, who taught drama courses.[2][3] [4][5] At War with the Army ran 151 performances on Broadway in 1949.[6] It was filmed in 1949 and released in 1950 in a production starring Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.[7]

Allardice is best known for his collaborations with writing partner Tom Adair on a number of American 1960s TV sitcoms including The Munsters, F Troop, My Three Sons, Gomer Pyle, USMC and Hogan's Heroes. Allardice won an Emmy in 1955 for best comedy writing for his work on The George Gobel Show.

He contributed to Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and wrote Hitchcock's prologues, intermissions and epilogues for all of the 359 episodes of the series,[8][9] as well as many speeches for Hitchcock's public engagements.

He was married in 1943 to Alice Neff.[10]


Allardice died in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California in 1966 from a heart attack, aged 46. He was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in Los Angeles.


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  2. ^ "Connelly | Pennsylvania Center for the Book". pabook.libraries.psu.edu.
  3. ^ "Marc Connelly | American playwright". Encyclopedia Britannica.
  4. ^ "Hollywood Authors to Create Music for Little Theatre," October 9, 1959, Wooster Voice. Found at https://openworks.wooster.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1199&context=voice1951-1960
  5. ^ pp. 142-3 LIFE, April 4, 1949.
  6. ^ "At War with the Army Broadway @ Booth Theatre - Tickets and Discounts". Playbill.
  7. ^ At War with the Army on IMDb
  8. ^ Weaver, Tom, "Norman Lloyd Interview", I was a Monster Movie Maker: Conversations with 22 SF and Horror Filmmakers, p. 152. McFarland, 2001.
  9. ^ Schumach, Murray (1959-11-13). "HITCHCOCK GHOST HAS HAUNTING WIT; James B. Allardice Finds Mirth in Murder in Lines Written for TV Director". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-01-31.
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