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Norman Panama

  • Highest Rated: 100% Road to Utopia (1945)
  • Lowest Rated: 8% Are We Done Yet? (2007)
  • Birthday: Apr 21, 1914
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • While attending the University of Chicago in the early 1930s, Norman Panama collaborated on a play with his classmate Melvin Frank. It was the beginning of a partnership that would span nearly thirty years. Panama and Frank went on to write sketches for the 1939 Shubert revue Keep Off the Grass, and to provide gags for such radio yockmeisters as Rudy Vallee, Groucho Marx, and especially Bob Hope. The team followed Hope to Hollywood, where they received their first screenwriting credit in the 1942 Hope vehicle My Favorite Blonde. This led to a long-term contract with Paramount Pictures, thence to Panama and Frank' s first producer-director assignment, MGM's The Reformer and the Redhead (1950). Alternating producing and directing responsibilities, they were responsible for such memorable 1950s comic efforts as Danny Kaye's The Court Jester (1956) and the 1959 film version of their own 1956 Broadway musical, Li'l Abner. Occasionally, and effectively, the team would go "straight" with hard-hitting dramatic fare like 1952's Above and Beyond, a dramatization of the dropping of the A-bomb on Hiroshima. The team dissolved amicably in 1966; on his own, Panama directed Bob Hope's How to Commit Marriage (1966), the Rowan and Martin vehicle The Maltese Bippy (1969), and the oddball Elliott Gould-Diane Keaton romantic comedy I Will, I Will...For Now. Norman Panama's last credit was the Australian TV movie Barnaby and Me.

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8% Are We Done Yet? Screenwriter $50M 2007
No Score Yet Barnaby and Me Director 1977
No Score Yet I Will, I Will...For Now Director Screenwriter 1975
No Score Yet How to Commit Marriage Director 1969
No Score Yet The Maltese Bippy Director 1969
No Score Yet Not With My Wife, You Don't Director Screenwriter Producer 1966
No Score Yet Strange Bedfellows Producer 1965
No Score Yet The Road to Hong Kong Director Screenwriter 1962
No Score Yet The Facts of Life Screenwriter Producer 1960
No Score Yet Li'l Abner Producer Screenwriter 1959
No Score Yet The Jayhawkers Producer 1959
96% The Court Jester Director Screenwriter Producer 1956
No Score Yet Knock on Wood Screenwriter Producer Director 1954
76% White Christmas Screenwriter 1954
No Score Yet Above and Beyond Producer Screenwriter Director 1952
No Score Yet Callaway Went Thataway Producer Screenwriter Director 1951
No Score Yet Strictly Dishonorable Director Producer Screenwriter 1951
No Score Yet The Reformer and the Redhead Producer Director Screenwriter 1950
No Score Yet The Return of October Screenwriter 1948
82% Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House Screenwriter Producer 1948
No Score Yet It Had to Be You Screenwriter 1947
No Score Yet Monsieur Beaucaire Screenwriter 1946
No Score Yet Our Hearts Were Growing Up Screenwriter 1946
100% Road to Utopia Screenwriter 1945
No Score Yet Thank Your Lucky Stars Screenwriter 1943
No Score Yet Star Spangled Rhythm Screenwriter 1942


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