NORMAN… IDENTIFIED!

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We figured it out. Thanks to some slick detective work by Brew reader Brian Nelson, we have identified the mystery photo of “Norm“. It’s Norman Z. McLeod, famed Hollywood director of the 1930s and 40s (Horsefeathers, Monkey Business, It’s A Gift, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, etc.). McLeod got his start illustrating silent movie intertitles with his stick figure cartoons. This article explains how McLeod directed his feature films (in this case Topper) using stick figures to illustrate the action. Case closed!