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Leonard Goldstein (1903-1954) was born in Bisbee, Arizona, and educated in Los Angeles. He was a booking agent in 1924 for the Million Dollar and Metropolitan theaters in Los Angeles until 1928, when he moved to New York. From 1933 to 1936 he was executive assistant to Ben Goetz at Consolidated Film Industries, which he left in 1936 to become general manager for producer George Hirliman. Goldstein's first screen credit was as associate producer on "Daniel Boone" (1936). He later worked as Damon Runyon's assistant and then became a production executive at Columbia. In 1946 he moved to International Pictures as a producer when the company merged with Universal Pictures. His first film as a producer was "Black Bart" (1948), and during his years at Universal-International he produced more than 35 films, including the "Ma and Pa Kettle" series and the "Francis the Talking Mule" series. Goldstein moved to 20th Century-Fox in 1952 as a staff producer, working on such films as "Mister Scoutmaster" (1953) and "The Kid from Left Field" (1953). In 1953 he formed Panoramic Productions in conjunction with 20th Century-Fox. After completing his contract with the studio, Goldstein formed his own company with his twin brother, Robert, and Robert L. Jacks.