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Norman Panama

Born: Apr 21, 1914

Death: Jan 13, 2003

Birthplace: Chicago

Profession: Film Producer

Nationality: United States

Norman Panama

Date of Birth : Apr 21, 1914
Date of Death : Jan 13, 2003
Birth Place : Chicago

Norman Kaye Panama 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, the Danny Kaye film The Court Jester, and the Bob Hope film How to Commit Marriage. He wrote Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, Road to Utopia, and The Court Jester, among other movies. He won an Edgar Award for A Talent for Murder, 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.


  • Film Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Film director

Awards Won

  • Edgar Award for Best Play
  • Writers Guild of America Award - Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement
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