Ben Hecht


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Ben Hecht (1894–1964) was an American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, and novelist. Called "the Shakespeare of Hollywood", he received screen credits, alone or in collaboration, for the stories or screenplays of some seventy films and as a prolific storyteller, authored thirty-five books and created some of the most entertaining screenplays and plays in America. Film ... more »

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  • ''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 ...
  • ''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 C...
  • ''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 C...
  • ''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 Andrew...
  • ''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, Hech...
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