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Norman Panama

Highest Rated: 97% The Court Jester (1955)

Lowest Rated: 77% White Christmas (1954)

Birthday: Apr 21, 1914

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA

For thirty years (1936-66), this American screenwriter, director and producer of popular comedy fare worked mostly successfully in collaboration with college chum Melvin Frank, forming an unusual partnership in which they not only shared writing and producing duties, but also co-directed features. Panama and Frank met while undergraduates at the University of Chicago, where they formed a writing team. Migrating to Hollywood in 1938, they wrote comedy material for Bob Hope's radio broadcasts, eventually, working for Phil Baker and Rudy Vallee as well. In 1942, the duo was hired by Paramount and they contributed the story to the farcical Hope vehicle "My Favorite Blonde," in which the comic was the trainer of penguins unwittingly used to transport data for a female spy. Based on this success, Panama and Frank went on to script several lightweight but affable movies, including "Happy Go Lucky" (1943), wherein Rudy Vallee is chased by Mary Martin, and the Eddie Cantor musical "Thank You Lucky Stars" (also 1943). The failure of the all-star "Duffy's Tavern" (1945), which attempted to transfer a radio show to the big screen, might have signaled the end of their career had they not sent Hope, Bing Crosby and Dorothy Lamour to the Klondike in "The Road to Utopia" (also 1945) which earned the writing team its first Oscar nomination.




No Score Yet No Score Yet Barnaby and Me Director - 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet I Will, I Will... for Now Director - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Coffee, Tea or Me Director - 1973
No Score Yet 43% The Maltese Bippy Director - 1969
No Score Yet 36% How to Commit Marriage Director - 1969
No Score Yet 42% Not With My Wife, You Don't! Director,
- 1966
No Score Yet 39% Strange Bedfellows Producer - 1965
No Score Yet 40% The Road to Hong Kong Director,
- 1962
No Score Yet 60% The Facts of Life Screenwriter,
- 1960
No Score Yet 57% The Jayhawkers Producer - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Trap Director,
- 1959
No Score Yet 63% Li'l Abner Producer - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet That Certain Feeling Director,
- 1956
97% 93% The Court Jester Director,
- 1955
No Score Yet 60% Knock on Wood Director - 1954
77% 88% White Christmas Writer - 1954
No Score Yet 70% Above and Beyond Director,
- 1953
No Score Yet 22% Callaway Went Thataway Director,
- 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Strictly Dishonorable Director,
- 1951
No Score Yet 22% The Reformer and the Redhead Director,
- 1950
No Score Yet 57% Star Spangled Rhythm Writer - 1942