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Ben Hecht (/hɛkt/; February 28, 1894 – April 18, 1964) was an American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, journalist, and novelist. A journalist in his youth, he went on to write thirty-five books and some of the most entertaining screenplays and plays in America. He received screen credits, alone or in collaboration, for the stories or screenplays of some seventy films.

At the age of 16, Hecht ran away to Chicago, where, in his own words, he "haunted streets, whorehouses, police stations, courtrooms, theater stages, jails, saloons, slums, madhouses, fires, murders, riots, banquet halls, and bookshops". In the 1910s and early 1920s, Hecht became a noted journalist, foreign correspondent, and literary figure. In the 1920s, his co-authored, reporter-themed play, The Front Page, became a Broadway hit.

The Dictionary of Literary Biography - American Screenwriters calls him "one of the most successful screenwriters in the history of motion pictures". Hecht received the first Academy Award for Original Screenplay for Underworld (1927). Many of the screenplays he worked on are now considered classics. He also provided story ideas for such films as Stagecoach (1939). Film historian Richard Corliss called him "the Hollywood screenwriter", someone who "personified Hollywood itself". In 1940, he wrote, produced, and directed Angels Over Broadway, which was nominated for Best Screenplay. In total, six of his movie screenplays were nominated for Academy Awards, with two winning.

He became an active Zionist shortly before the Holocaust began in Germany, and wrote articles and plays about the plight of European Jews, such as We Will Never Die in 1943 and A Flag is Born in 1946. Of his seventy to ninety screenplays, he wrote many anonymously to avoid the British boycott of his work in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The boycott was a response to Hecht's active support of paramilitary action against British forces in Palestine and sabotaging British property there (see below), during which time a supply ship to Palestine was named the S. S. Ben Hecht.

According to his autobiography, he never spent more than eight weeks on a script. In 1983, 19 years after his death, Ben Hecht was posthumously inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ben Hecht (/hɛkt/; February 28, 1894 – April 18, 1964) was an American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, journalist, and novelist. A journalist in his youth, he went on to write thirty-five books and some of the most entertaining screenplays and plays in America. He received screen credits, alone or in collaboration, for the stories or screenplays of some seventy films.

At the age of 16, Hecht ran away to Chicago, where, in his own words, he "haunted streets, whorehouses, police stations, courtrooms, theater stages, jails, saloons, slums, madhouses, fires, murders, riots, banquet halls, and bookshops". In the 1910s and early 1920s, Hecht became a noted journalist, foreign correspondent, and literary figure. In the 1920s, his co-authored, reporter-themed play, The Front Page, became a Broadway hit.

The Dictionary of Literary Biography - American Screenwriters calls him "one of the most successful screenwriters in the history of motion pictures". Hecht received the first Academy Award for Original Screenplay for Underworld (1927). Many of the screenplays he worked on are now considered classics. He also provided story ideas for such films as Stagecoach (1939). Film historian Richard Corliss called him "the Hollywood screenwriter", someone who "personified Hollywood itself". In 1940, he wrote, produced, and directed Angels Over Broadway, which was nominated for Best Screenplay. In total, six of his movie screenplays were nominated for Academy Awards, with two winning.

He became an active Zionist shortly before the Holocaust began in Germany, and wrote articles and plays about the plight of European Jews, such as We Will Never Die in 1943 and A Flag is Born in 1946. Of his seventy to ninety screenplays, he wrote many anonymously to avoid the British boycott of his work in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The boycott was a response to Hecht's active support of paramilitary action against British forces in Palestine and sabotaging British property there (see below), during which time a supply ship to Palestine was named the S. S. Ben Hecht.

According to his autobiography, he never spent more than eight weeks on a script. In 1983, 19 years after his death, Ben Hecht was posthumously inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame.

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Known For Writing

Gender Male

Known Credits 83

Birthday 1894-02-28

Day of Death 1964-04-18

Place of Birth New York City, New York, USA

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Writing TV ShowsMovies

1988 Switching ChannelsWriter
1974 The Front PageTheatre Play
1969 Gaily, GailyNovel
1964 Circus WorldScreenplay
1964 7 Faces of Dr. LaoWriter
1962 Billy Rose's JumboTheatre Play
1960 North to AlaskaScreenplay
1958 Queen of Outer SpaceStory
1958 The Fiend Who Walked The WestWriter
1957 Legend of the LostWriter
1957 A Farewell to ArmsScreenplay
1957 The Iron PetticoatScreenplay
1956 TrapezeWriter
1956 Miracle in the RainScreenplay
1956 Miracle in the RainNovel
1955 The Indian FighterScreenplay
1955 The Man with the Golden ArmScreenplay
1954 UlyssesWriter
1952 Monkey BusinessScreenplay
1951 The Secret of Convict LakeWriter
1951 Strangers on a TrainScreenplay
1950 Edge of DoomWriter
1950 Where the Sidewalk EndsScreenplay
1950 Perfect StrangersTheatre Play
1949 WhirlpoolScreenplay
1948 RopeWriter
1948 The Miracle of the BellsScreenplay
1947 Her Husband's AffairsWriter
1947 Ride the Pink HorseScreenplay
1947 Kiss of DeathScreenplay
1947 Dishonored LadyWriter
1946 NotoriousScreenplay
1946 Specter of the RoseWriter
1945 SpellboundScreenplay
1945 Watchtower Over TomorrowScreenplay
1944 LifeboatScreenplay
1943 Journey Into FearScreenplay
1943 The OutlawScreenplay
1942 China GirlScreenplay
1942 The Black SwanScreenplay
1942 Tales of ManhattanWriter
1941 LydiaScreenplay
1940 Comrade XScreenplay
1940 Angels Over BroadwayWriter
1940 I Take This WomanWriter
1940 His Girl FridayScreenplay
1940 His Girl FridayTheatre Play
1940 The Shop Around the CornerScreenplay
1939 Gone with the WindWriter
1939 Lady of the TropicsScreenplay
1939 It's a Wonderful WorldStory
1939 It's a Wonderful WorldScreenplay
1939 Wuthering HeightsScreenplay
1939 StagecoachWriter
1939 Let Freedom RingScreenplay
1939 Let Freedom RingStory
1939 Gunga DinStory
1938 The Goldwyn FolliesStory
1938 The Goldwyn FolliesScreenplay
1937 Nothing SacredScreenplay
1937 A Star Is BornWriter
1936 Soak the RichWriter
1935 Barbary CoastWriter
1935 The ScoundrelWriter
1935 The Florentine DaggerNovel
1934 The President VanishesWriter
1934 Crime Without PassionScreenplay
1934 Shoot the WorksTheatre Play
1934 Twentieth CenturyScreenplay
1934 UpperworldStory
1934 Viva Villa!Screenplay
1933 Design for LivingScreenplay
1933 Turn Back the ClockScreenplay
1933 TopazeScreenplay
1933 Hallelujah I'm a BumStory
1932 Million Dollar LegsWriter
1932 ScarfaceScreenplay
1931 The Unholy GardenScreenplay
1931 The Unholy GardenNovel
1931 The Front PageWriter
1930 Roadhouse NightsStory
1930 Street of ChanceWriter
1929 The Unholy NightStory
1929 The Great GabboStory
1928 The Big NoiseStory
1927 UnderworldStory

Directing

1952 Actors and SinDirector
1946 Specter of the RoseDirector
1940 Angels Over BroadwayDirector
1936 Soak the RichDirector
1935 The ScoundrelDirector
1934 Crime Without PassionDirector

Production

1946 Specter of the RoseProducer
1942 China GirlProducer
1940 Angels Over BroadwayProducer
1936 Soak the RichProducer
1935 The ScoundrelProducer

Acting

1940 Angels Over Broadway as Man in Night Court
1935 The Scoundrel as Flop House Bum
1934 Crime Without Passion as Court interviewer with pipe (uncredited)

Crew

1947 The Paradine CaseAdditional Dialogue
1933 Queen ChristinaAdditional Writing

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