Norman Krasna


Playwright, Screenwriter

About

Birth Place
Queens, New York, USA
Born
November 07, 1909
Died
November 01, 1984

Biography

Drama critic turned playwright who went to Hollywood in 1932 and wrote several delightful comedies including "Bachelor Mother" (1939) and "The Devil and Miss Jones" (1941)....

Biography

Drama critic turned playwright who went to Hollywood in 1932 and wrote several delightful comedies including "Bachelor Mother" (1939) and "The Devil and Miss Jones" (1941).

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

The Ambassador's Daughter (1956)
Director
The Big Hangover (1950)
Director
Princess O'Rourke (1943)
Director

Writer (Feature Film)

Indiscreet (1988)
Story By
Indiscreet (1988)
From Story
Indiscreet (1988)
Play As Source Material
I'd Rather Be Rich (1964)
Screenwriter
Sunday in New York (1964)
Screenwriter
My Geisha (1962)
Screenwriter
Who Was That Lady? (1960)
Writer
Let's Make Love (1960)
Written for Screen by
Indiscreet (1958)
Screenwriter
The Ambassador's Daughter (1956)
Writer
Bundle of Joy (1956)
Screenwriter
White Christmas (1954)
Written for Screen by
The Big Hangover (1950)
Writer
Borderline (1950)
Story
Bride by Mistake (1944)
Original Story
Practically Yours (1944)
Writer
Princess O'Rourke (1943)
Writer
The Flame of New Orleans (1941)
Writer
It Started with Eve (1941)
Screenwriter
The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)
Wrt by
Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941)
Story and Screenplay
It's a Date (1940)
Screenwriter
Bachelor Mother (1939)
Screenwriter
The First Hundred Years (1938)
Original Story
You and Me (1938)
Story
The King and the Chorus Girl (1937)
Original Screenplay
Big City (1937)
Original Story
As Good As Married (1937)
Original Story
It Had to Happen (1936)
Contract Writer
Fury (1936)
Story
Wife Vs. Secretary (1936)
Screenwriter
Hands Across the Table (1935)
Screenwriter
Four Hours to Kill! (1935)
Screenwriter
Romance in Manhattan (1935)
Contr to Screenplay
Romance in Manhattan (1935)
Story
Embarrassing Moments (1934)
Contract Writer
The Countess of Monte Cristo (1934)
Contract Writer
The Richest Girl in the World (1934)
Story and Screenplay
Parole Girl (1933)
Story and Screenplay
So This Is Africa (1933)
Story and Screenplay
Meet the Baron (1933)
Story
Love, Honor and Oh, Baby! (1933)
Screenwriter
That's My Boy (1932)
Screenwriter
Hollywood Speaks (1932)
Original Story
Hollywood Speaks (1932)
Adapted and dial

Producer (Feature Film)

Who Was That Lady? (1960)
Producer
The Ambassador's Daughter (1956)
Producer
Clash by Night (1952)
Presented By
Behave Yourself! (1951)
Producer
The Blue Veil (1951)
Producer
The Big Hangover (1950)
Producer
The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)
Presented By
Three Loves Has Nancy (1938)
Producer
The First Hundred Years (1938)
Producer
Big City (1937)
Producer

Production Companies (Feature Film)

The Lusty Men (1952)
Company

Cast (Special)

The Marx Brothers in a Nutshell (1982)

Life Events

1928

Joined New York-based "World" as copy boy then assistant to drama editor

1929

Drama editor and critic for Evening Graphic

1930

Columnist for Exhibitors Herald-World; then to Hollywood working in Warner Bros. Publicity department

1930

Signed contract as screenwriter with Columbia

1937

First film as producer (for MGM) "Big City"

1943

Film directing debut "Princess O'Rourke"

Videos

Movie Clip

Bachelor Mother (1939) - Pay The Fiddler, Man! Department store scion David (David Niven) ambushes employee Polly (Ginger Rogers), just home from a dance contest, whom he wrongly thinks is the mother of a baby left in his custody, causing her to change tactics on the fly, early in RKO's Bachelor Mother, 1939.
Let's Make Love (1960) - Title Song Billionaire Clement (Yves Montand) is still incognito, but jealous as he watches Amanda (Marilyn Monroe) perform the movie's title song by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn, with her theater co-star (Frankie Vaughan), in George Cukor's Let's Make Love, 1960.
Let's Make Love (1960) - I Can Practice On You Jet-set zillionaire Clement (Yves Montand), with aide Coffman (Tony Randall) drops by try-outs for a play in which he, among others, will be mocked, winds up enthralled by performer Amanda (Marilyn Monroe), until the director assumes he's in for an audition, in Let's Make Love, 1960.
Let's Make Love (1960) - To See What You're Like Following a comic prologue, French playboy magnate Clement (Yves Montand) is surrounded by sycophants, soon including Wales (Wilfrid Hyde White) and Coffman (Tony Randall) from PR, early in George Cukor's Let's Make Love, 1960.
Who Was That Lady? (1960) - That Was My Wife Director George Sidney shooting on location at Columbia University in Manhattan, where Tony Curtis is a chemistry teacher, caught canoodling by his (real) wife Janet Leigh, co-star Dean Martin backing up with an original tune by Sammy Cahn and James Van Heusen, opening Who Was That Lady?, 1960.
Who Was That Lady? (1960) - In The Performance Of My Duty Columbia professor David (Tony Curtis), with conspiring TV-writer buddy Mike (Dean Martin), ambushes his wife Ann (Janet Leigh, also Mrs. Curtis), who has caught him cheating, and launches their elaborate lie justifying his infidelity, in director George Sidney’s Who Was That Lady?, 1960.
Who Was That Lady? (1960) - You Think The Stork Brings Us? Philandering chemist David (Tony Curtis) at first isn't buying his T-V writer buddy Michael's (Dean Martin) claim that he's an F.B.I. agent in director George Sidney's Who Was That Lady?, 1960.
Bachelor Mother (1939) - Women And Things Merlin (Charles Coburn), owner of the department store that just dismissed holiday-employee Ginger Rogers, and his heir (David Niven) are introduced, while the head of the foundling home (Ernest Truex), who believes she abandoned her baby, follows, in Bachelor Mother, 1939.
Bachelor Mother (1939) - I Want A New Duck! Department store heir David Merlin (David Niven) is under-cover, attempting to prove to employee Polly (Ginger Rogers) that it’s easy to return a defective product, disaster ensuing, Fred (Frank Albertson) making things worse, Garson Kanin directing, in Bachelor Mother, 1939.
Sunday In New York (1964) - Hello, Lover! Rod Taylor is on the train from Philadelphia, Jane Fonda is riding to Manhattan on the Metro North line and Cliff Robertson is landing his TWA jet at Idlewild, with the jaunty opening tune sung by Mel Torme, in Sunday In New York, 1964, directed by Peter Tewksbury.
Sunday In New York (1964) - The Coat Matches The Pants Jane Fonda is Eileen, the lovelorn sister of a playboy pilot, rushing to find him in Central Park, when she has the cute meeting with journalist Mike (Rod Taylor) on a city bus, in Sunday In New York, 1964, also starring Cliff Robertson, from Norman Krasna's play and screenplay.
It's A Date (1940) -- Gypsy Lullaby Opening scenes, what looks like bad lip-sync turns out to be Deanna Durbin silently singing along with her mother on stage, the certainly dubbed Kay Francis, who then makes a speech, from the Joe Pasternak-produced It's A Date, 1940, also starring Walter Pidgeon.

Trailer

First Hundred Years, The - (Original Trailer) A working woman (Virginia Bruce) doesn't want to give up her career when she marries. Co-starring Robert Montgomery and Warren William.
Bundle of Joy - (Original Trailer) A shop girl is mistaken for the mother of a foundling in the musical remake of Bachelor Mother, Bundle of Joy (1956), starring Eddie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds.
Bachelor Mother - (Re-issue Trailer) Ginger Rogers is a fun-loving shop girl who is mistaken for the mother of a foundling in Bachelor Mother (1939) co-starring David Niven.
White Christmas - (Original Trailer) Bing Crosby and the most popular song of all time in the colorful seasonal favorite, White Christmas (1954).
Three Loves Has Nancy - (Original Trailer) A country girl (Janet Gaynor) follows the man who jilted her to the big city, where she finds two new suitors.
Clash by Night - (Original Trailer) An embittered woman (Barbara Stanwyck) seeks escape in marriage, only to fall for her husband's friend (Robert Ryan) in Clash by Night (1952), directed by Fritz Lang.
Sunday In New York -- (Original Trailer) Cliff Robertson, a philandering pilot, gets real moral, real fast when his sister Jane Fonda contemplates a premarital fling on a Sunday In New York (1964).
It's A Date - (Original Trailer) Teenage songbird Deanna Durbin squares off with Kay Francis in love and career in It's A Date (1940) co-starring Walter Pidgeon.
King and the Chorus Girl, The - (Original Trailer) Groucho Marx and Norman Krasna wrote the screenplay for the Joan Blondell comedy The King and the Chorus Girl (1937).
Mr. and Mrs. Smith - (Original Trailer) A quarrelsome couple discovers their marriage isn't legal in Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941), a romantic comedy directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
Let's Make Love - (Original Trailer) A millionaire uses a fake name to infiltrate a musical making fun of him in Let's Make Love (1960).
Fury -- (Original Trailer) An innocent man (Spencer Tracy) escapes a lynch mob and then returns for revenge in Fury (1936), directed by Fritz Lang.

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