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Name  Norman Panama
Role  Screenwriter
Education  University of Chicago

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Born  April 21, 1914Chicago, Illinois
Occupation  Film director, screenwriter
Died  January 13, 2003, Los Angeles, California, United States
Plays  Li'l Abner, A Talent for Murder
Awards  Edgar Award for Best Play, Writers Guild of America Award - Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement
Movies  The Court Jester, White Christmas, The Road to Hong Kong, Not with My Wife - You Don't!, Above and Beyond
Similar People  Melvin Frank, Norman Krasna, Danny Kaye, Cecil Parker, Glynis Johns

Norman Panama - Screenwriter

Norman Kaye Panama (April 21, 1914 – January 13, 2003) was an American screenwriter and film director born in Chicago, Illinois. He collaborated with a former schoolfriend, Melvin Frank, to form a writing partnership which endured for three decades. He also wrote gags for comedians such as Bob Hope's radio program and for Groucho Marx.


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The most famous films he directed were Li'l Abner (1959), the Danny Kaye film The Court Jester (1956), and the Bob Hope film How to Commit Marriage (1969). He wrote Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948), Road to Utopia (1946), and The Court Jester, among other movies.

He won an Edgar Award for A Talent for Murder (1981), a play he co-wrote with Jerome Chodorov. Panama continued to write and direct through the 1980s. He died in 2003 in Los Angeles, California, aged 88, from complications of Parkinson's disease.

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Selected filmography

  • Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (with Melvin Frank) (1948)
  • White Christmas (with Melvin Frank and Norman Krasna) (1954)
  • The Court Jester (with Melvin Frank) (1955) (also Co-Director)
  • Li'l Abner (with Melvin Frank) (1959)
  • The Facts of Life (with Melvin Frank) (1960)
  • The Road to Hong Kong (1962) (with Melvin Frank (also Director)
  • Not with My Wife, You Don't! (with Melvin Frank and Larry Gelbart) (1966) (also Co-Director)
  • The Maltese Bippy (1969) (Director Only)
  • How to Commit Marriage (1969) (Director Only)
  • Coffee, Tea or Me? (with Melvin Frank and Stanley Ralph Ross) (1973) (TV) (also Director)
  • I Will, I Will... for Now (with Albert E. Lewin) (1973) (also Director)
  • Barnaby and Me (1978)
  • References

    Norman Panama Wikipedia