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Palmer, Charles Albert, 1901-2005



  • Existence: b. 1901

Charles Albert Palmer was born on August 29, 1901 in Weehawken, New Jersey. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1923. After his family's business fell victim to the depression in 1937, Palmer and his wife went to California where he began to write short stories for magazines. He also collaborated on almost a dozen books including "Twenty Modern Americans" and "Gracie Allen's "How to Become President." Palmer also began his career in the entertainment industry by writing for radio programs "Silver Theater" and "The Burns and Allen Show." In the mid 1940s, Palmer joined Wald Disney Studios where he worked on the films "Lady and the Tramp," "Make Mine Music" and "Chip and Dale." He also collaborated on "Alice in Wonderland" with Aldous Huxley. From Disney Palmer moved to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer where he worked on the scripts for "Lost Boundaries," "The Stratton Story," "The Next Voice You Hear" and "The Sellout." After leaving MGM, Palmer started making documentaries. He had previously contributed to a number of business film projects, beginning with "Jet Propulsion" in 1934. In 1954, with the backing of John Sutherland, Palmer founded Pantheon Pictures. At Pantheon, Palmer acted as writer, director and producer of numerous award-winning business films. Palmer died in 2005.

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Charles Palmer papers

Identifier: MS-759
Overview Charles A. Palmer (b. 1901), screenwriter. The collection contains papers relating to his professional career as a screen writer, radio and television script writer, and producer of educational and business films. Includes work done for Walt Disney Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and Palmer's own company Parthenon Productions.