Leonard Goldstein

Leonard Goldstein (May 28, 1903 – July 23, 1954) was an American film producer who produced mainly low-budget films, making multiple films at a time.[2][3]

Leonard Goldstein
BornMay 28, 1903
Bisbee, Arizona, United States[1]
DiedJuly 23, 1954 (1954-07-24) (aged 51)[2]
Years active1936–1954 (film)

He started as a theatre booking agent in Los Angeles and moved to New York in 1928. He joined Consolidated Film Industries from 1933 to 1936 before going to work for producer George Hirliman.[1]

His first film credit was as associate producer on Daniel Boone for RKO Pictures and his first as producer was Black Bart in 1948.[4]

In 1946 he moved to International Pictures which later merged with Universal Pictures. He produced the first six films in the successful Ma and Pa Kettle film series, although Ma and Pa Kettle at Waikiki made in 1952 was the seventh to be released in 1955 after he had died. He also produced several of the Francis the Talking Mule films.[1]

He spent nearly five years at Universal-International before moving to 20th-Century Fox in 1952 where he formed Panoramic Pictures in 1953. He had just signed a deal with United Artists to produce 10 films before he died.[1][2]

He died from a cerebral haemorrhage on July 23, 1954.[2]

Selected filmography


  1. "Leonard Goldstein Papers". Margaret Herrick Library. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
  2. "Leonard Goldstein Dies at 51; Had Own Ideas and Held True to Them". Variety. July 28, 1954. p. 3. Retrieved April 22, 2018.
  3. Vogel p.51
  4. "Leonard Goldstein". AFI Catalog. Retrieved April 23, 2018.


  • Vogel, Michelle. Marjorie Main: The Life and Films of Hollywood's "Ma Kettle". McFarland, 2011.

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