James B. Allardice
General Information:
Occupation: American TV/Film screenwriter/director
Years active: 1942-1966
Birth name: James Burnes Allardice
Date of birth: (1919-03-20)20 March 1919
Born in: Canton, Ohio, U.S.
Died: 15 February 1966(1966-02-15) (aged 46)
Died in: San Diego, California, U.S.
Series/character information
Appeared on/in
and/or involved with:
I Dream of Jeannie
Number of episodes: "Get Me to Mecca on Time" in Season 1, with Tom Adair
Job on series: Writer, 1 episode

James B. Allardice (20 March 1919 - 15 February 1966) was a prominent American television comedy writer of the 1950s and 1960s. He co-wrote the Season 1 episode of I Dream of Jeannie, "Get Me to Mecca on Time", with Tom Adair.

During World War II he served in the US Army where he wrote the play At War with the Army. Following the war, Allardice attended Yale University where his play was later on Broadway in 1949[1] and filmed in the same year with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis.

Allardice is best known for his collaborations with Adair, writing partner, on a number of highly successful 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 The George Gobel Show. He contributed to Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and wrote Hitchcock's "lead-ins" for all of the 359 episodes of the series,[2] as well as many speeches for Hitchcock's public engagements.


Allardice died in San Diego, California in 1966 from a heart attack, aged 46.


  1. pp. 142-3 LIFE, 4 April 1949.
  2. Weaver, Tom, "Norman Lloyd Interview", I was a Monster Movie Maker: Conversations with 22 SF and Horror Filmmakers, p. 152. McFarland, 2001.

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