Norman Panama

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Norman Panama
Born April 21, 1914
Chicago, Illinois
Died January 13, 2003(2003-01-13) (aged 88)
Los Angeles, California
Occupation Film director, 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.

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.[1] 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.

Selected filmography

References

  1. ^ "Mystery Writers Honor 7 With Edgar Awards". The New York Times. 1982-05-12. 

External links

  • Norman Panama on IMDb


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