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Panama Hattie Collection

Identifier: GTM-171129

Scope and Contents Note

The Panama Hattie Collection contains a screenplay for the film "Panama Hattie" and a typescript of the play by that same name. Dated July 10, 1941, the screenplay was actor Dan Dailey's personal copy. The screenplay is 117 pages long. Deriving from State Fair Musicals in 1954, the typescript includes several pencil sketches among the pages.


  • 1941 - 1954

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Historical Note

The play "Panama Hattie" was a great success on Broadway for songwriter Cole Porter and actress Ethel Merman, who palyed the role of Hattie Maloney. Running at the 46th Street Theater in New York City from October 30, 1940 to January 3, 1942, the musical comedy was performed 501 times. The play was set in Panama City and the Panama Canal Zone.

The film "Panama Hattie" was in production from mid-July to late September 1941. The film debuted on October 1, 1942. In the film, the character Hattie Maloney operates a saloon in Panama. The plot revolves around a group of sailors in the Panama Canal Zone. The work included songs by Cole Porter. Jack McGowan and Wilkie C. Mahoney authored the screenplay. Arthur Freed served as the producer, and Norman Z. MacLeod was the director. Dan Dailey was one of the actors in the film, and Lena Horne was also featured in the film.

[Sources: Internet Broadway Database (IBDB) online; International Movie Database (IMDB) online; and the dealer's catalog.]


0.2 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Custodial History

Purchased from William Reese Co., New Haven, CT, 2016. Also, purchased from Clouds Hill Books, New York, NY, 2017.

Panama Hattie Collection
Scott S. Taylor. Booth Family Center for Special Collections Georgetown University Library
2019 March
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Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository