Alvah Bessie


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Alvah Cecil Bessie (June 4, 1904 – July 21, 1985) was an American novelist, journalist and screenwriter who was imprisoned for ten months and blacklisted by the movie studio bosses for being one of the group known as the Hollywood Ten.

Educated at Columbia University,Bessie became initially known for his translations of avant-garde French literature, including Songs of Bilitis by Pierre... more »

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  • ''You'll be the first one on the ground.''
    Alvah Bessie, Ranald MacDougall, and Lester Cole. Raoul Walsh. Captain Nelson (Errol Flynn), Objective Burma, to a parachuter who asks, "What happens ...
  • ''Young men all of us—we've got to be. You know why? I'll give you two good reasons. We jump out of planes, and guys shoot at us.''
    Alvah Bessie, Ranald MacDougall, and Lester Cole. Raoul Walsh. Captain Nelson (Errol Flynn), Objective Burma, explaining why paratrooping is for young...
  • ''Take it easy, soldier. Everybody gets a little "noivous" in the "soivice."''
    Alvah Bessie, Ranald MacDougall, and Lester Cole. Raoul Walsh. Captain Nelson (Errol Flynn), Objective Burma, reassuring a nervous soldier on a parach...
  • ''From now on, if I ever get to burn another newspaper, I'll remember what a few cents can buy.''
    Alvah Bessie, Ranald MacDougall, and Lester Cole. Raoul Walsh. Captain Nelson (Errol Flynn), Objective Burma, to a dead newspaper correspondent who ha...
  • ''When you're dealing with monkeys, you've got to expect some wrenches.''
    Alvah Bessie, Ranald MacDougall, and Lester Cole. Raoul Walsh. Captain Nelson, Objective Burma, giving a subaltern a mission (1945).
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