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 74) (aged|
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 Playwright
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.
The play had a short run, and Krasna was then offered a contract at Columbia Pictures as a junior staff writer.
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 August he was working on That's My Boy (1932). In October 1932 he was appointed assistant to Harry Cohn.
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 December 1938 Kransa joined RKO and was assigned to work for George Stevens. He wrote the script for Bachelor Mother (1939) which was a huge success.
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 January 1948 he was reportedly working on a musical with Irving Berlin, Stars on my Shoulder. This ended a few months later over a financial disagreement.
Krasna returned to directing feature films with The Big Hangover (1950) for MGM. He sold the script for a big amount but the movie was not a success.
Newspaper reports said he provided the original story for Borderline (1950) but he is not credited in the movie.
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 Broadway
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. T he 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.
Ambassador starred actor John Forsythe who was put under personal contract to Krasna. Krasna wanted to retea de Havilland and Forsythe in a film called Cabaret but it was never 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 October 1956 Krasna signed to adapt the novel Stay Away Joe for MGM with Feur and Martin. In November the producers said they would do it for Broadway first and Krasna would do the book. (No film or show would result.)
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).
In July 1958 he signed to write a film for Jerry Wald, then at Fox, called High Dive. It was not made.
In July 1959 he signed to make what would become My Geisha.
In June 1960 Richard Quine announced Krasna would adapt Leslie Storm's play Roar Like a Dove for Doris Day. It was not made.
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.
In October 1962 Seven Arts announced they had bought the film rights to the Krasna play Watch the Birdie! and would co produce the play.
In 1964 Garson Kanin announced he would direct both the Broadway production and film of Krasna's script Naked Mary, Will You Come Out? However no production resulted.
Some of this 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 the 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.
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 films
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 6 Apr 1931: A7.
- "Norman Krasna, 74, Is Dead; Playwright and Screenwriter". The New York Times. November 7, 1984.
- McGilligan, p. 213
- The LEE SIDE o'L. A. Shippey, Lee. Los Angeles Times 2 Mar 1935: A4.
- Back to Firing Line! Parsons, Louella O. The Washington Post 7 Feb 1942: 14.
- A TOWN CALLED HOLLYWOOD Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 9 Aug 1931: 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 2 Jan 1933: A8.
- News and Reviews of the Stage, Screen and Music Los Angeles Times 3 June 1933: A7.
- A Town Called Hollywood Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 24 Dec 1933: A5.
- Navy Beans Help Director Figure Camera Angles Los Angeles Times 14 Jan 1934: A7.
- SCEEEN NOTES. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]08 Nov 1934: 27.
- "Playwright, screenwriter krasna dies". Los Angeles Times. November 7, 1984.
- Cicely Courtneidge, Noted English Actress, Will Play in American Picture. Los Angeles Times 28 June 1935: 9.
- Hollywood By Sidney Skolsky. The Washington Post 8 June 1936: 14.
- NOMINEES LISTED FOR FILM AWARDS New York Times 8 Feb 1937: 12.
- George Raft Will Star in "Wonderful" With Helen Burgess as Femme Lead: Writer of Story Will Also Direct Los Angeles Times 18 Aug 1936: A15.
- "News Of The Screen". The New York Times. September 3, 1936.
- News From Hollywood New York Times 20 Nov 1936: 27.
- Of Local Origin New York Times 22 Dec 1936: 32.
- THREE NEW FILMS LISTED FOR TODAY:New York Times 29 May 1937: 21.
- Don Ameche Borrowed for 'Broadway Melody' Los Angeles Times 17 Aug 1938: 13.
- JIMMY SAVO HAILED HURRIEDLY FROM EAST FOR SOLO STARRING FILM: Los Angeles Times 7 Feb 1938: A14.
- Krasna Joins R.K.O. Under Expansion Plan Los Angeles Times 22 Dec 1938: 11.
- High Salaries Paid in Nation in 1937 as Listed by Treasury New York Times 8 Apr 1939: 7.
- SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]12 Sep 1939: 35.
- SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD New York Times 7 Nov 1939: 35.
- NEWS OF THE SCREEN: Carole Lombard to Resume as Comedienne in 'Mr. and Mrs.' New York Times 19 Feb 1940: 23.
- NEWS OF THE SCREEN. New York Times 13 Apr 1940: 23.
- Douglas MacLean Wins Film Producer Post Los Angeles Times 23 Jan 1941: 13.
- TOWN CALLED HOLLYWOOD Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 26 Jan 1941: C3.
- News of the Screen The Christian Science Monitor 10 Mar 1941: 11.
- NEWS OF THE SCREEN . New York Times 27 Dec 1940: 22.
- Notes on the Theatre as the New Season Gets Slowly Under Way: GOSSIP OF THE RIALTO New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]21 Sep 1941: X1.
- DARK HORSE' OFF TO SUNDAY NIGHT New York Times 13 Nov 1941: 34
- SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: New York Times 5 Feb 1942: 25.
- DRAMA AND FILM: Los Angeles Times 7 Sep 1943: 14.
- SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD New York Times 27 Oct 1943: 27.
- "Columbia Pictures vs Krasna". Supreme Court Appellate Division-First Department.
- SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD New York Times 17 Mar 1944: 14.
- "Screen News: 'Dear Ruth' Is Bought For Reported $450,000". The New York Times. February 8, 1945.
- 'BRIGHTEN CORNER' WILL OPEN TONIGHT: By SAM ZOLOTOW. New York Times ]12 Dec 1945: 36.
- KRASNA WINS SUIT: Columbia Charge of Plagiarism Dismissed by Justice Null New York Times (]17 Aug 1946: 16.
- DRAMA AND FILM: Los Angeles Times 6 Mar 1947: A2.
- BONANZA FOR PLAYS ON NEW YEAR'S EVE New York Times 2 Jan 1948: 16.
- Hedda Hopper--LOOKING AT HOLLYWOOD Los Angeles Times (29 Jan 1948: 18.
- NEWS AND GOSSIP OF THE RIALTO By LEWIS FUNKE. New York Times 2 May 1948: 81.
- BY WAY REPORT: Norman Krasna Sells Self as Director of Own ComedyBy A. H. WEILER. New York Times 13 Mar 1949: X5.
- TAUROG TO DIRECT COMEDY AT METRO New York Times ]25 May 1949: 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: 41.
- 10 RELIGIOUS FILMS TO BE MADE BY FOX: New York Times 19 June 1950: 17
- Edwin Schallert (August 16, 1950). "Film Men Wald and Krasna Tell Production Plans". Los Angeles Time.
- 'Caesar' Put on Spring Schedule; Marine Spy Subject May Star Cobb Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 14 Aug 1950: b7.
- WALD AND KRASNA PLAN EIGHT MOVIES New York Times 16 Aug 1950: 25.
- Film Men Wald and Krasna Tell Production Plans Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 16 Aug 1950: A8.
- Wald-Krasna Set Starting Dates for Seven Films Los Angeles Times 16 Nov 1950: A12.
- ON THE PLANNING STAGES WITH WALD AND KRASNA: New York Times 4 Mar 1951: 101
- RKO Prepares to Start Films Costing 10 Million Los Angeles Times 5 Feb 1951: 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 3 Nov 1951: 9
- Differences Between Producing Team and Howard Hughes Are Reported Settled By THOMAS M. PRYOR New York Times 26 Dec 1951: 20.
- HOLLYWOOD'S MILITANT STAND: New York Times 13 Jan 1952: X5.
- Looking at Hollywood: Singing Sadie Thompson Sought for Movie Musical Version of 'Rain' Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune 13 Feb 1952: 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
- HOLLYWOOD CHANGE: Appointment of Wald as Columbia's Top Producer Held Significant -- Addenda By THOMAS M. PRYORHOLLYWOOD. New York Times 2 Nov 1952: X5.
- HAYWARD IS NAMED TO STAR IN FOX FILM: Will Play Rachel Jackson in 'President's Lady' at Studio -- Sol Siegel to Produce It By THOMAS M. PRYORSpecial to THE NEW YORK TIMES. New York Times (1923-Current file); New York, N.Y. [New York, N.Y]01 July 1952: 19.
- Drama: Wald, Krasna Renewing Association; Top Disc Jockey Inspiring Film Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 1 Feb 1954: B9.
- Ace Comedian Tati Will Do 'My Uncle'; Road Race Themes Film; Krasna Set Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 9 Feb 1955: 21.
- "Drama: Krasna Setting Deal With John Forsythe". Los Angeles Times. April 27, 1956.
- Drama: Linda Christian Named for 'Starlet Street;' De Havilland Film Slated Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 22 Mar 1956: A11.
- GLEASON PONDERS LEAD ROLE IN FILM: New York Times 27 Nov 1954: 18.
- Drama: Groucho and Warners Make $500,000 Deal Los Angeles Times 6 Oct 1955: A6.
- Lately Wed Florence Marly Does Moll; Feuer and Martin Sign Krasna Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 13 Oct 1956: B3.
- 'STAY AWAY, JOE' TO BE A MUSICAL: New York Times 2 Nov 1956: 31.
- NEWS AND NOTES FROM THE TV-RADIO WORLD New York Times 19 May 1957: X11
- FARCE BY KRASNA DUE ON BROADWAY: 'My Wife and I' to Be Staged This Season-- New York Times 16 Aug 1957: 12.
- KRASNA WRITING SCRIPT FOR FOX: Preparing 'High Dive,' Film About Water Carnival New York Times 4 July 1958: 17.
- Steve Parker Will Produce Krasna Film Los Angeles Times 8 July 1959: B8.
- McIntire Assigned to 'Elmer Gantry' Los Angeles Times 21 Aug 1959: 23.
- QUINE LISTS FILMS ON A BUSY AGENDA New York Times 11 June 1960: 12.
- NEWS OF THE RIALTO By MILTON ESTEROW. New York Times 24 Dec 1961: X3.
- Krasna's 'French Street' Listed For Production Next Season By LOUIS CALTA. New York Times 19 Dec 1961: 38.
- FILMMAKER SETS BUSY STAGE ROLE: 7 Arts, as Backer, Differs From MCA on Aloofness By MURRAY SCHUMACH New York Times 30 Oct 1962: 30.
- FILM EVENTS: 'Robin' Goes to Warners Los Angeles Times16 May 1963: C6.
- BECKS RETURNING TO FACE JAIL TERM By SAM ZOLOTOW. New York Times 11 Dec 1964: 55.
- KRASNA COMEDY DUE THIS WINTER: Producer Says Play Will Eschew the Perverse By SAM ZOLOTOW. New York Times 1 Aug 1966: 22.
- How to Tell One Flop From Another: Memorable Baskets How to Tell the Flops Ague to Abandon By WALTER KERR New York Times 19 Mar 1967: D1.
- Burrows Proud of Broadway and Its Comedy: Burrows Proud of Broadway, Its Comedy Leonard, William. Chicago Tribune 22 Oct 1967: e11.
- MERRICK RECORD: 8 PLAYS AT ONCE: ' Myrtle,' Opening Tonight, to Eclipse His Old Mark By SAM ZOLOTOW. New York Times 27 Mar 1968: 41.
- Song of the suburbs The Guardian (17 Feb 1978: 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.
- Al Jolson's Widow Elopes With Film Producer Krasna: Couple Married in Hotel Chapel at Las Vegas Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times 8 Dec 1951: A1.
- Meeks, Eric G. (2012). The Best Guide Ever to Palm Springs Celebrity Homes. Horatio Limburger Oglethorpe. p. 178. ISBN 978-1479328598.
- Jolson's Widow Gets $1,000,000 Estate Award Los Angeles Times 22 Jan 1952: A1.
- McGilligan, p. 224
- Thomas M. Pryor (February 13, 1954). "Miss Tierney Set For Krasna Film: She Will Star In 'Speak To Me Of Love' At Columbia – Van Johnson Weighs Role". The New York Times.
- 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.
- Review of play at Variety
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- Walter Kerr (February 14, 1967). "Theater: Filtered Play in a Minor Key: 'Love in E Flat' Opens at Brooks Atkinson". The New York Times.
- Clive Barnes (April 2, 1975). "'We Interrupt,' Situation Thriller, Arrives". The New York Times.
- Joseph Catinellamontclair (March 28, 1982). "Krasna 'Comedy' Offered in Montclair". The New York Times.
- Pye, Michael; Krasna, Norman (February 19, 1978). "He's not perfect-but he did know Groucho". The Sunday Times.
- "Screen News Here And In Hollywood: Warners Buy 'Night Action' For Helmut Dantine – Fifth Ave. Playhouse To Reopen". The New York Times. October 27, 1943.
- Louis Calta (March 30, 1948). "Logan, Huston Set For New Musical: Director And Actor Are Slated For Berlin-Krasna Show, 'Stars On My Shoulders'". The New York Times.
- McGilligan, Patrick, "Norman Krasna: The Woolworth's Touch", Backstory: Interviews with Screenwriters of Hollywood's Golden Age, University of California Press,1986 p212-240