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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 85

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 Channels Writer
1974 The Front Page Theatre Play
1969 Gaily, Gaily Novel
1964 Circus World Screenplay
1964 7 Faces of Dr. Lao Writer
1962 Billy Rose's Jumbo Theatre Play
1960 North to Alaska Screenplay
1958 Queen of Outer Space Story
1958 The Fiend Who Walked The West Writer
1957 Legend of the Lost Writer
1957 A Farewell to Arms Screenplay
1957 The Iron Petticoat Screenplay
1956 Trapeze Writer
1956 Miracle in the Rain Screenplay Novel
1955 The Indian Fighter Screenplay
1955 The Man with the Golden Arm Screenplay
1954 Ulysses Writer
1952 Monkey Business Screenplay
1951 The Secret of Convict Lake Writer
1951 Strangers on a Train Screenplay
1950 Edge of Doom Writer
1950 Where the Sidewalk Ends Screenplay
1950 Perfect Strangers Theatre Play
1949 Whirlpool Screenplay
1948 Rope Writer
1948 The Miracle of the Bells Screenplay
1947 Her Husband's Affairs Writer
1947 Ride the Pink Horse Screenplay
1947 Kiss of Death Screenplay
1947 Dishonored Lady Writer
1946 Notorious Screenplay
1946 Specter of the Rose Writer
1945 Spellbound Screenplay
1945 Watchtower Over Tomorrow Screenplay
1944 Lifeboat Screenplay
1943 Journey Into Fear Screenplay
1943 The Outlaw Screenplay
1942 China Girl Screenplay
1942 The Black Swan Screenplay
1942 Tales of Manhattan Writer
1941 Lydia Screenplay
1940 Comrade X Screenplay
1940 Angels Over Broadway Writer
1940 I Take This Woman Writer
1940 His Girl Friday Screenplay Theatre Play
1940 The Shop Around the Corner Screenplay
1939 Gone with the Wind Writer
1939 Lady of the Tropics Screenplay
1939 It's a Wonderful World Story Screenplay
1939 Some Like It Hot Theatre Play
1939 Wuthering Heights Screenplay
1939 Stagecoach Writer
1939 Let Freedom Ring Screenplay Story
1939 Gunga Din Story
1938 The Goldwyn Follies Story Screenplay
1937 Nothing Sacred Screenplay
1937 A Star Is Born Writer
1936 Soak the Rich Writer
1935 Barbary Coast Writer
1935 The Scoundrel Story
1935 The Florentine Dagger Novel
1934 The President Vanishes Writer
1934 Crime Without Passion Screenplay
1934 Shoot the Works Theatre Play
1934 Twentieth Century Screenplay
1934 Upperworld Story
1934 Viva Villa! Screenplay
1933 Design for Living Screenplay
1933 Turn Back the Clock Screenplay
1933 Topaze Screenplay
1933 Hallelujah I'm a Bum Story
1932 Million Dollar Legs Writer
1932 Scarface Screenplay
1931 The Unholy Garden Dialogue Screenplay
1931 The Front Page Writer
1930 Roadhouse Nights Story
1930 Street of Chance Writer
1929 The Unholy Night Story
1929 The Great Gabbo Story
1928 The Big Noise Story
1927 Underworld Story

Production

2019 I See You Executive Producer
1946 Specter of the Rose Producer
1942 China Girl Producer
1940 Angels Over Broadway Producer
1936 Soak the Rich Producer
1935 The Scoundrel Producer

Directing

1952 Actors and Sin Director
1946 Specter of the Rose Director
1940 Angels Over Broadway Director
1936 Soak the Rich Director
1935 The Scoundrel Director
1934 Crime Without Passion Director

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 Case Additional Dialogue
1933 Queen Christina Additional Writing

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