Quotations From BEN HECHT

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  • 1.
    Hollywood held this double lure for me, tremendous sums of money for work that required no more effort than a game of pinochle.
    Ben Hecht (1893-1964), U.S. journalist, author, screenwriter. "Enter, the Movies," bk. 5, A Child of the Century (1954). A few pages further, Hecht maintained that, "Half of the large sum paid me for writing a movie script was in payment for listening to the producer and obeying him.... The movies pay as much for obedience as for creative work. An able writer is paid a larger sum than a man of small talent. But he is paid this added money not to use his superior talents."

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  • 2.
    There they are at last, Miss Rutledge. The will-o-the-wisps with plagues of fortune. San Francisco, the latest newborn of a great republic.
    Ben Hecht (1893-1964), U.S. writer, screenwriter, Charles Macarthur U.S., screenwriter, Edward Chodorov U.S., screenwiter, and Howard Hawks. Colonel Cobb (Frank Craven), Barbary Coast, speaking to Swan/Mary Rutledge (Miriam Hopkins) as their ship arrives in San Francisco (1935).

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  • 3.
    Innocent people can get into terrible jams, too. One false move and you're in over your head.
    Ben Hecht (1893-1964), U.S. screenwriter, Victor Trivas (1896-1970), German, Frank P. Rosenberg, and Robert E. Kent. Detective Mark Dixon (Dana Andrews), Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950). From the novel by William L. Stuart. Additional author Otto Preminger.

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  • 4.
    Newspapermen are either drunkards or idealists, Miss Rutledge. I'm afraid I'm both. But however soiled his hands, the journalist goes staggering through life with a beacon raised.
    Ben Hecht (1893-1964), U.S. writer, screenwriter, Charles Macarthur U.S., screenwriter, Edward Chodorov U.S., screenwiter, and Howard Hawks. Colonel Cobb (Frank Craven), Barbary Coast, describing his profession to Swan/Mary Rutledge (1935).

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  • 5.
    I see a lot of fog and a few lights. I like it when life's hidden. It gives you a chance to imagine nice things, nicer than they are.
    Ben Hecht (1893-1964), U.S. writer, screenwriter, Charles Macarthur U.S., screenwriter, Edward Chodorov U.S., screenwiter, and Howard Hawks. Swan/Mary Rutledge (Miriam Hopkins), Barbary Coast, as the Flying Cloud sails through the fog toward San Francisco (1935).

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  • 6.
    They have slapped into the American mind more human misinformation in one evening than the Dark Ages could muster in a decade.
    Ben Hecht (1893-1964), U.S. journalist, author, screenwriter. "What the Movies Are," bk. 5, A Child of the Century (1954). "Movies are one of the bad habits that corrupted our century," wrote Hecht (who enjoyed a profitable career as a Hollywood screenwriter). "Of their many sins, I offer as the worst their effect on the intellectual side of the nation. It is chiefly from that viewpoint I write of them—as an eruption of trash that has lamed the American mind and retarded Americans from becoming a cultured people."

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  • 7.
    What're you always trying to push me in the gutter for, Dixon? I got as much right on the sidewalk as you have. Don't talk to me about "rights." You're a hood and a murderer.
    Ben Hecht (1893-1964), U.S. screenwriter, Victor Trivas (1896-1970), German, Frank P. Rosenberg, and Robert E. Kent. Mr. Scalise (Gary Merrill) to Detective Mark Dixon (Dana Andrews), Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950). From the novel by William L. Stuart. Additional author Otto Preminger.
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