Norman Krasna (November 7, 1909 – November 1, 1984) was an American screenwriter, playwright, producer, and film director. He is best known for penning screwball comedies which centered on a case of mistaken identity. Krasna also directed three films during a forty-year career in Hollywood. He garnered four Academy Award screenwriting nominations, winning once for 1943's Princess O'Rourke, a film he also directed.
|Born||November 7, 1909|
Queens, New York, United States
|Died||November 1, 1984 (aged 74)|
Los Angeles, United States
|Spouse(s)||Ruth Frazee (1940–1950)|
Erle Chennault Galbraith (1951–1984)
He wanted to get into journalism and talked his way into a job as a copy boy for the Sunday feature department of the New York World in 1928. (He worked with Lewis Weitzenkorn who turned Krasna into a character in the play Five Star Final.)
He quit law school, worked his way up to being a drama critic, at first for The World then the New York Evening Graphic and Exhibitors Herald World. He was offered a job with Hubert Voight in the publicity department of Warner Bros and moved to Hollywood.
Press agent and playwrightEdit
He decided to become a playwright after seeing The Front Page. To learn the craft, he retyped the Ben Hecht–Charles MacArthur classic more than twenty times. Then while at Warners, at nights he wrote a play, Louder, Please, based on his job and heavily inspired by The Front Page with the lead character inspired by his boss, Hubert Voight. Krasna tried to sell the play to Warners who were not interested – indeed they fired him from his job as publicity agent – but it was picked up by George Abbott who produced it on Broadway.
In April 1932 he was assigned to his first film, Hollywood Speaks (1932), directed by Eddie Buzzell. He would go on to write four pictures at Columbia, one in collaboration, the rest on his own. After that he was put in charge of the junior writers and no longer wrote on his own.
In June 1933 Eddie Buzzell arranged for Universal to borrow Krasna from MGM to work on the script for Love, Honor, and Oh Baby! (1933). While there he worked on a script Countess of Monte Cristo. In January 1934 Universal assigned him to write The Practical Joker for Chester Morris.
During the evening he wrote another play, Small Miracle, which was produced on Broadway in 1934. It had a reasonable run and earned good reviews.
Columbia loaned Krasna to MGM where he worked on worked on Meet the Baron (1933). He went to RKO where he wrote The Richest Girl in the World (1934), which earned him an Oscar. He stayed at that studio to do Romance in Manhattan (1935).
In November 1934 Krasna signed a two-year contract at Paramount at $1,500 a week. While there adapted Small Miracle into Four Hours to Kill! (1935) directed by Mitchell Leisen. He also wrote Hands Across the Table (1935).
Back at MGM, Krasna worked on Wife vs. Secretary (1936).
Around the time of Small Miracle he had an idea for a play about a lynching, Mob Rule but was persuaded against writing it as a play on the grounds it was non commercial. He told the idea to Joseph Mankiewicz who bought it as a film for MGM. It became Fury (1936), directed by Fritz Lang. The film earned Krasna an Oscar nomination.
In August 1936 Paramount announced that Krasna would make his directorial debut in a movie he wrote for George Raft, Wonderful, co-starring Helen Burgess. However the following month Raft objected and the project was suspended. (The film would be made two years later, as You and Me (1938) with Fritz Lang directing.)
In early 1937 he went to MGM for Big City (1937) with Spencer Tracy, which Krasna also produced. He also wrote and produced The First Hundred Years (1938), originally called Turnabout. In August 1938 MGM announced he would produce The Broadway Melody of 1939. He was also going to produce a James Stewart film about the ship CSS Patrick Henry. Krasna ended up making neither of the latter two.
In April 1939 his income for the previous year was $83,000.
In April 1940 he signed an agreement with Jean Arthur and Arthur's husband Frank Ross to write and produce a film. That became The Devil and Miss Jones (1941), which he co-produced. It was released by RKO. A second film was announced nby the company, Googer Plays the Field but was never made.
Instead he did two films for Universal: the René Clair-directed The Flame of New Orleans (1940). and another Durbin vehicle for Joe Pasternak, It Started with Eve (1941). He was working on another Durbin film The Good Fair.
In September 1941 Krasna was in New York working on a script, Fire Escape, produced by Ross. this becaame The Man with Blond Hair (1941), which he later described as his "attempt to win the Nobel Peace Prize". It only ran seven performances and encouraged Krasna to focus on comedies for the rest of his career. "I got burned" he said later.
In February 1942 Krasna signed a contract to Warner Bros to write and direct. This resulted in Princess O'Rourke (1943), which earned him an Oscar for Best Screen play. However his career momentum as director was interrupted when he went into the army September 1942.
While in the services Krasna directed a film about the activities of the Officer Training school. He spent most of his time in the army at Camp Roach in Los Angeles, enabling him to live in his house in Beverly Hills.
During his war service he continued to write in his spare time. He sent his old Bachelor Mother producer Buddy de Sylva, now at Paramount, the story for what would become Practically Yours (1944). He also adapted The Man with Blond Hair into a movie: in October 1943 Warners announced they purchased an unproduced play by Krasna called Night Action as a vehicle for Helmut Dantine (which was The Man with Blond Hair); the film was not made. In March 1944 RKO said they would make a film based on Krasna's story The Hunter Girl with Laraine Day – this was in fact another version of The Richest Girl in the World and was released as Bride by Mistake (1944). He also wrote Dear Ruth.
Moss Hart suggested Krasna write something like Junior Miss and Krasna responded with Dear Ruth. This debuted on Broadway in November 1944, financed solely by Lew Wasserman, and was a massive hit, running for 680 performances; the film rights were sold for over $450,000. (It was the basis of the 1947 film Dear Ruth 1947). By December 1945 it had earned over $1 million on Broadway and led to two touring productions, three USO productions and a plagiarism suit. (In August 1946 Krasna won the plagiariam suit.)
Krasna followed it with another comedy for Broadway, John Loves Mary (1947), originally William and Mary, directed by Joshua Logan. It was also very popular and was made into a film (at Warners, sold for $150,000 going up to $250,000) that Krasna did not work on.
Less successful was the play Time for Elizabeth (1947), co-written with Krasna's friend Groucho Marx, originally called The Middle Ages which had been written years earlier. The show ran for only eight performances, although film rights were sold for over $500,000. (The film was never made).
In June 1950 he and Jerry Wald formed a production company which was to start when Wald's contract with Warners expired. Later that month Howard Hughes announced he had bought out the remainder of Wald's contract with Warners for $150,000 so the duo could make 8-12 films a year at RKO.
In August they announced a $50 million slate of pictures – 12 films a year over five years. Among the films they were going to make were The Helen Morgan Story, Stars and Stripes starring Al Jolson, Behave Yourself, Size 12, Mother Knows Best, Easy Going, Country Club, The Strong Arm, Call Out the Marines, The Harder They Fall based on the novel by Budd Schulberg with Robert Ryan, Present for Katie by George Beck, Galahad, Cowpoke with Robert Mitchum, Strike a Match, The Blue Veil, All the Beautiful Girls to be directed by Busby Berkeley, Clash by Night by Clifford Odets, A Story for Grown Ups (based on The Time for Elizabeth), All Through the Night, Pilate's Wife, I Married a Woman, Years Ago, a biopic of Eleanor Duse. They had independence to make films up to $900,000. They bought rights to The Big Story radio show.
By March 1951 the team had made no films. They announced The Blue Veil, Strike a Match, Behave Yourself, Clash By Night, Cowpoke, The USO Story, Girls Wanted, Size 12,The Harted They Fall, I Married a Woman,All the Beautiful Girls and Beautiful Model.
In January 1952 the team announced they had renegotiated their deal with Hughes again, and wanted to make two more films that year – one based on an original story by Krasna, the other directed by Krasna with Wald being executive producer. Wald said "Norman and I didn't feel there was enough work for the two of us as executive producers... Norman wants to devote more time to writing." They were going to do High Heels and a musical version of Rain called Miss Sadie Thompson.
However Wald and Krasna became continually frustrated with Hughes. In May 1952 Wald bought out Krasna's interested in the company for $500,000 and Krasna returned to writing. In November 1952 Wald was appointed head of production at Columbia. He took some properties he developed with Krasna including Miss Sadie Thompson and an original of Krasna's Darling I Love You.
Return to BroadwayEdit
In July 1952 Krasna signed a contract with Paramount to write White Christmas (1954), originally meant to be a vehicle for Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. His fee was $100,000; the film proved to be a massive hit.
In February 1954 Krasna announced he would write and direct an original film for Wald, now at Columbia, speak to Me of Love. The title of this was changed to The Ambassador's Daughter. The film ended up not being made at Columbia – in February 1955 Krasna signed a two-picture deal to write and direct at Universal; the first was to be The Ambassador's Daughter and the second was Red Roses. The latter ended up not being made.
In November 1954 Krasna was going to direct Jack of Spades starring Jackie Gleason but it was never made. Neither was a proposed film version of Time Out for Elizabeth although he and Marx sold it to Warners for $500,000 in October 1955.
In August 1957 Krasna announced his play My Wife and I would be produced on Broadway with David Merrick. This became Who Was That Lady I Saw You With? (1958). Krasna then adapted this play for the screen and produced what became Who Was That Lady? (1960).
Krasna wrote Sunday in New York, which reached Broadway with Robert Redford in 1961, directed by Garson Kanin. The film rights were bought by Ray Stark at Seven Arts, who formed a relationship with Krasna. They helped finance the film version of Sunday for which Krasna wrote the script.
In 1961 Krasna announced his play French Street, based on the Jacques Deval play Ramon Saro, would be produced by Seven Arts the following year, and turned into a film based on a script by Krasna, but the play did not go to Broadway and no film resulted.
Some of his plays did reach Broadway: Watch the Birdie! (1969); Bunny (1970); We Interrupt This Program... (1975), a thriller; and Lady Harry (1978), which premiered in London. "Don't write anything without being sure of your market", said Krasna around the time of Lady Harry. "I like to think I've become a craftsman. When I was a kid I tried to knock them dead line by line. Now I like to build it more gently in a kid of mosaic." His last produced play was Off Broadway (1982).
Krasna spent many years living in Switzerland, but returned to Los Angeles before his death in 1984.
From 1940 to 1950 Krasna was married to Ruth Frazee, sister of actress Jane Frazee, with whom he had two children.They were divorced in April 1950 and she was awarded $262,500 and custody of the children.
In December 1951 he eloped with Al Jolson's widow Erle to Las Vegas. She had two children from her marriage to Joslon. They moved into the Palm Springs, California, home of Erle and Jolson. She inherited $1 million in trust and a $1 million property from Jolson.
They remained married until Krasna's death in 1984. He had six children.
- Hollywood Speaks (1932) – story, co-dialogue
- That's My Boy (1932) – script
- So This Is Africa (1933) – story
- Parole Girl (1933) – uncredited contribution to script
- Love, Honor, and Oh Baby! (1933) – uncredited contribution
- Bombshell (1933, screenplay)
- Meet the Baron (1933) – co-author of screenplay with Herman J. Mankiewicz
- The Richest Girl in the World (1934) – story, script
- Romance in Manhattan (1935) – co-story
- Hands Across the Table (1935) – co-script
- Four Hours to Kill! (1935) – script, adaptation of his play Small Miracle
- Wife vs. Secretary (1936) – script
- Fury (1936) – story
- The King and the Chorus Girl (1937, co-writer with Groucho Marx)
- As Good as Married (1937) – story
- Big City (1937) – story, producer
- The First Hundred Years (1938) – story, producer
- You and Me (1938) – story, co-script
- Bachelor Mother (1939) – script
- It's a Date (1940) – script
- The Flame of New Orleans (1941) – story, script
- Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941) – story, script
- The Devil and Miss Jones (1941) – story, script, producer
- It Started with Eve (1941) – co-script
- Princess O'Rourke (1943) – story, script, director
- Bride by Mistake (1944) – story (remake of The Richest Girl in the World)
- Practically Yours (1944) – story, script
- The Big Hangover (1950) – story, script, director, producer
- Two Tickets to Broadway (1951)
- Behave Yourself! (1951) – producer
- The Blue Veil (1951) – producer
- Clash by Night (1952) – producer
- The Lusty Men (1952) – producer
- White Christmas (1954) – co-story/script
- Bundle of Joy (1956) – co-script (remake of Bachelor Mother)
- The Ambassador's Daughter (1956) – script, director, producer
- Indiscreet (1958) – script, based on his play
- Who Was That Lady? (1960) – script, based on his play
- Let's Make Love (1960) – story, script
- My Geisha (1962) – story, script
- Sunday in New York (1963) – script based on his play
- I'd Rather Be Rich (1964) – co-story/script
Scripts for unrealized filmsEdit
- Paging Napoleon (1931)
Louder, Please (1932)
- Small Miracle (1934)
- The Man with Blond Hair (1941) – also directed
- Dear Ruth (1944)
- John Loves Mary (1947)
- Time for Elizabeth (1949) – written with Groucho Marx, also directed
- Kind Sir (1954)
- Who Was That Lady I Saw You With? (1958)
- Sunday in New York (1962)
- Love in E-Flat (1967)
- Watch the Birdie! (1969) (originally written in 1961)
- Bunny (1970)
- We Interrupt This Program (1975)
- Off Broadway aka Full Moon (1976)
- Lady Harry (1978)
- Best Original Screenplay (Princess O'Rourke, 1943)
- "CHILD ACTORS HAVE INNINGS". Los Angeles Times. Apr 6, 1931. p. A7.
- "Norman Krasna, 74, Is Dead; Playwright and Screenwriter". The New York Times. November 7, 1984.
- McGilligan, p. 213}
- Shippey, Lee (Mar 2, 1935). "The LEE SIDE o'L. A.". Los Angeles Times. p. A4.
- Parsons, Louella O. (Feb 7, 1942). "Back to Firing Line!". The Washington Post. p. 14.
- Scheuer, Philip K. (Aug 9, 1931). "A TOWN CALLED HOLLYWOOD". Los Angeles Times. p. B9.
- Sheilah Graham (August 28, 1936). "Krasna Climbs To Top Of Film Ladder In Four Years". Los Angeles Times.
- "MANY WRITERS ADDED TO COLUMBIA'S STAFF". Los Angeles Times. 17 Apr 1932. p. B11.
- "NOTES FROM THE HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS". New York Times. 7 Aug 1932. p. X3.
- "Krasna Cohn's Ass't". Variety. 18 October 1932. p. 4.
- "STUDIO REPORTS HEAVY PROGRAM". Los Angeles Times. Jan 2, 1933. p. A8.
- "News and Reviews of the Stage, Screen and Music". Los Angeles Times. June 3, 1933. p. A7.
- Scheuer, Philip K. (Dec 24, 1933). "A Town Called Hollywood". Los Angeles Times. p. A5.
- "Navy Beans Help Director Figure Camera Angles". Los Angeles Times. Jan 14, 1934. p. A7.
- "SCREEN NOTES". New York Times. Nov 8, 1934. p. 27.
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- "Cicely Courtneidge, Noted English Actress, Will Play in American Picture". Los Angeles Times. June 28, 1935. p. 9.
- Sidney Skolsky (June 8, 1936). "Hollywood". The Washington Post. p. 14.
- "NOMINEES LISTED FOR FILM AWARDS". New York Times. Feb 8, 1937. p. 12.
- "George Raft Will Star in "Wonderful" With Helen Burgess as Femme Lead: Writer of Story Will Also Direct". Los Angeles Times. Aug 18, 1936. p. A15.
- "News Of The Screen". The New York Times. September 3, 1936. ProQuest 101680687.
- "News From Hollywood New York Times". Nov 20, 1936. p. 27.
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- "THREE NEW FILMS LISTED FOR TODAY". New York Times. May 29, 1937. p. 21.
- "Don Ameche Borrowed for 'Broadway Melody'". Los Angeles Times. Aug 17, 1938. p. 13.
- "JIMMY SAVO HAILED HURRIEDLY FROM EAST FOR SOLO STARRING FILM". Los Angeles Times. Feb 7, 1938. p. A14.
- "Krasna Joins R.K.O. Under Expansion Plan". Los Angeles Times. Dec 22, 1938. p. 11.
- "High Salaries Paid in Nation in 1937 as Listed by Treasury". New York Times. Apr 8, 1939. p. 7.
- "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD". New York Times. Sep 12, 1939. p. 35.
- "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD". New York Times. Nov 7, 1939. p. 35.
- "NEWS OF THE SCREEN: Carole Lombard to Resume as Comedienne in 'Mr. and Mrs.'". New York Times. Feb 19, 1940. p. 23.
- "NEWS OF THE SCREEN". New York Times. Apr 13, 1940. p. 23.
- "Douglas MacLean Wins Film Producer Post". Los Angeles Times. Jan 23, 1941. p. 13.
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- "News of the Screen". The Christian Science Monitor. Mar 10, 1941. p. 11.
- "NEWS OF THE SCREEN". New York Times. Dec 27, 1940. p. 22.
- "Notes on the Theatre as the New Season Gets Slowly Under Way: GOSSIP OF THE RIALTO". New York Times. Sep 21, 1941. p. X1.
- "DARK HORSE' OFF TO SUNDAY NIGHT". New York Times. Nov 13, 1941. p. 34.
- "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD". New York Times. Feb 5, 1942. p. 25.
- "DRAMA AND FILM". Los Angeles Times. Sep 7, 1943. p. 14.
- "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD". New York Times. Oct 27, 1943. p. 27.
- Davis, George Kidder. "Columbia Pictures vs Krasna". Supreme Court Appellate Division-First Department.
- "SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD". New York Times. Mar 17, 1944. p. 14.
- "Screen News: 'Dear Ruth' Is Bought For Reported $450,000". The New York Times. February 8, 1945.
- SAM ZOLOTOW (Dec 12, 1945). "'BRIGHTEN CORNER' WILL OPEN TONIGHT". New York Times. p. 36.
- "KRASNA WINS SUIT: Columbia Charge of Plagiarism Dismissed by Justice Null". New York Times. Aug 17, 1946. p. 16.
- "DRAMA AND FILM". Los Angeles Times. Mar 6, 1947. p. A2.
- "BONANZA FOR PLAYS ON NEW YEAR'S EVE". New York Times. Jan 2, 1948. p. 16.
- "Hedda Hopper--LOOKING AT HOLLYWOOD". Los Angeles Times. Jan 29, 1948. p. 18.
- LEWIS FUNKE (May 2, 1948). "NEWS AND GOSSIP OF THE RIALTO". New York Times. p. 81.
- A. H. WEILER (Mar 13, 1949). "BY WAY REPORT: Norman Krasna Sells Self as Director of Own Comedy". New York Times. p. X5.
- "TAUROG TO DIRECT COMEDY AT METRO". New York Times. May 25, 1949. p. 37.
- "WALD AND KRASNA PLAN MOVIE FIRM: Producer and Scenarist to Do Independent Projects After Former's Contract Ends". New York Times. 15 June 1950. p. 41.
- "10 RELIGIOUS FILMS TO BE MADE BY FOX". New York Times. June 19, 1950. p. 17.
- Edwin Schallert (August 16, 1950). "Film Men Wald and Krasna Tell Production Plans". Los Angeles Time.
- Schallert, Edwin (Aug 14, 1950). "'Caesar' Put on Spring Schedule; Marine Spy Subject May Star Cobb". Los Angeles Times. p. b7.
- "WALD AND KRASNA PLAN EIGHT MOVIES New York Times". Aug 16, 1950. p. 25.
- Schallert, Edwin (Aug 16, 1950). "Film Men Wald and Krasna Tell Production Plans". Los Angeles Times. p. A8.
- "Wald-Krasna Set Starting Dates for Seven Films". Los Angeles Times. Nov 16, 1950. p. A12.
- "ON THE PLANNING STAGES WITH WALD AND KRASNA". New York Times. Mar 4, 1951. p. 101.
- "RKO Prepares to Start Films Costing 10 Million". Los Angeles Times. Feb 5, 1951. p. 22.
- "R. K. O. TO DECIDE ON WALD, KRASNA: Studio Has 60 Days in Which to Pick Up Its Option on the Producing Team Decision of Court Upheld". New York Times. Nov 3, 1951. p. 9.
- THOMAS M. PRYOR (Dec 26, 1951). "Differences Between Producing Team and Howard Hughes Are Reported Settled". New York Times. p. 20.
- "HOLLYWOOD'S MILITANT STAND". New York Times. Jan 13, 1952. p. X5.
- Hopper, Hedda (Feb 13, 1952). "Looking at Hollywood: Singing Sadie Thompson Sought for Movie Musical Version of 'Rain'". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. b7.
- Thomas M. Pryor (May 3, 1952). "Jerry Wald Is Set To Buy Out Krasna: Completes Deal For Interest In Film Firm They Share – Company Stays At R.K.O.". The New York Times.
- McGilligan, p. 228
- THOMAS M. PRYOR (Nov 2, 1952). "HOLLYWOOD CHANGE: Appointment of Wald as Columbia's Top Producer Held Significant -- Addenda". New York Times. p. X5.
- THOMAS M. PRYOR Special to THE NEW YORK TIMES. (July 1, 1952). "HAYWARD IS NAMED TO STAR IN FOX FILM: Will Play Rachel Jackson in 'President's Lady' at Studio -- Sol Siegel to Produce It". New York Times. p. 19.
- Schallert, Edwin (Feb 1, 1954). "Drama: Wald, Krasna Renewing Association; Top Disc Jockey Inspiring Film". Los Angeles Times. p. B9.
- Schallert, Edwin (Feb 9, 1955). "Ace Comedian Tati Will Do 'My Uncle'; Road Race Themes Film; Krasna Set". Los Angeles Times. p. 21.
- "Drama: Krasna Setting Deal With John Forsythe". Los Angeles Times. April 27, 1956.
- Schallert, Edwin (Mar 22, 1956). "Drama: Linda Christian Named for 'Starlet Street;' De Havilland Film Slated". Los Angeles Times. p. A11.
- "GLEASON PONDERS LEAD ROLE IN FILM". New York Times. Nov 27, 1954. p. 18.
- "Drama: Groucho and Warners Make $500,000 Deal". Los Angeles Times. Oct 6, 1955. p. A6.
- Schallert, Edwin (Nov 2, 1956). "Lately Wed Florence Marly Does Moll; Feuer and Martin Sign Krasna". Los Angeles Times. p. 31.
- "NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE TV-RADIO WORLD". New York Times. May 19, 1957. p. X11.
- "FARCE BY KRASNA DUE ON BROADWAY: 'My Wife and I' to Be Staged This Season--". New York Times. Aug 16, 1957. p. 12.
- "KRASNA WRITING SCRIPT FOR FOX: Preparing 'High Dive,' Film About Water Carnival". New York Times. 4 July 1958. p. 17.
- "Steve Parker Will Produce Krasna Film". Los Angeles Times. July 8, 1959. p. B8.
- "McIntire Assigned to 'Elmer Gantry'". Los Angeles Times. Aug 21, 1959. p. 23.
- "QUINE LISTS FILMS ON A BUSY AGENDA". New York Times. June 11, 1960. p. 12.
- MILTON ESTEROW (Dec 24, 1961). "NEWS OF THE RIALTO". New York Times. p. X3.
- LOUIS CALTA (Dec 19, 1961). "Krasna's 'French Street' Listed For Production Next Season". New York Times. p. 38.
- MURRAY SCHUMACH (Oct 30, 1962). "FILMMAKER SETS BUSY STAGE ROLE: 7 Arts, as Backer, Differs From MCA on Aloofness". New York Times. p. 30.
- "FILM EVENTS: 'Robin' Goes to Warners". Los Angeles Times. May 16, 1963. p. C6.
- SAM ZOLOTOW (Dec 11, 1964). "BECKS RETURNING TO FACE JAIL TERM". New York Times. p. 55.
- SAM ZOLOTOW (Aug 1, 1966). "KRASNA COMEDY DUE THIS WINTER: Producer Says Play Will Eschew the Perverse". New York Times. p. 22.
- WALTER KERR (Mar 19, 1967). "How to Tell One Flop From Another: Memorable Baskets How to Tell the Flops Ague to Abandon". New York Times. p. D1.
- Leonard, William (Oct 22, 1967). "Burrows Proud of Broadway and Its Comedy: Burrows Proud of Broadway, Its Comedy". Chicago Tribune. p. e11.
- SAM ZOLOTOW (Mar 27, 1968). "MERRICK RECORD: 8 PLAYS AT ONCE: ' Myrtle,' Opening Tonight, to Eclipse His Old Mark". New York Times. p. 41.
- "Song of the suburbs". The Guardian. Feb 17, 1978. p. 8.
- "Norman Krasna's Wife Gets $262,500 From Divorce Suit". Los Angeles Times. April 28, 1950.
- "Jolson's Widow Elopes With Producer". The News and Courier. 8 December 1951. Retrieved 13 November 2010.
- Hopper, Hedda (Dec 8, 1951). "Al Jolson's Widow Elopes With Film Producer Krasna: Couple Married in Hotel Chapel at Las Vegas". Los Angeles Times. p. A1.
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- "Jolson's Widow Gets $1,000,000 Estate Award". Los Angeles Times. Jan 22, 1952. p. A1.
- McGilligan, p. 224
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- Thomas M. Pryor (July 4, 1958). "Krasna Writing Script For Fox: Preparing 'High Dive,' Film About Water Carnival – Goldwyn Rebuilding Set". The New York Times.
- Louis Calta (December 19, 1961). "Krasna's 'French Street' Listed For Production Next Season". The New York Times.
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