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Norman Panama (1914–2003)

Norman Panama was born on April 21, 1914 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Norman Kaye Panama. He was a writer and director, known for The Court Jester (1955), White Christmas (1954) and Not with My Wife, You Don't! (1966). He died on January 13, 2003 in Los Angeles, California, USA. See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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 2007 Are We Done Yet? (screenplay "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House")
 1984 A Talent for Murder (TV Movie) (play)
 1973 Coffee, Tea or Me? (TV Movie) (teleplay)
 1966 Not with My Wife, You Don't! (screenplay) / (story)
 1965 Strange Bedfellows (story)
 1960 The Facts of Life (written by)
 1959 Li'l Abner (writer)
 1959 The Trap (writer)
 1955 The Court Jester (written by)
 1954 White Christmas (written for the screen by)
 1954 Knock on Wood (written by)
 1951 Callaway Went Thataway (written by)
 1948 The Return of October (writer)
 1948 A Southern Yankee (story)
 1948 Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House (written for the screen by)
 1947 It Had to Be You (screen play)
 1946 Monsieur Beaucaire (screenplay)
 1945 Road to Utopia (original screenplay)
 1945 Duffy's Tavern (screenplay)
 1944 The Princess and the Pirate (uncredited)
 1944 And the Angels Sing (screenplay)
 1943 Thank Your Lucky Stars (screen play)
 1943 Happy Go Lucky (writer)
 1942 My Favorite Blonde (story)
 1942 Star Spangled Rhythm (sketches)
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Li'l Abner (1956). Musical comedy. Book by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank. Based on cartoon characters by Al Capp. Music by Gene de Paul. Lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Musical Direction and Continuity: Lehman Engel. Vocals by Lehman Engel. Music orchestrated by Philip J. Lang. Ballet Music Arranged by Genevieve Pitot. Assistant to ... See more »

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American screenwriter, usually of comedy subjects, under contract at Paramount from 1941 to 1946, and again from 1954 to 1959. Did his best work in collaboration with writer-director Melvin Frank, with whom he had studied at the University of Chicago. Their long partnership began, after they sold the story for My Favorite Blonde (1942) to Paramount in 1942. See more »

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