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"Trying to determine what is going on in the world by reading newspapers is like trying to tell the time by watching the second hand of a clock." -- Ben Hecht
Ben Hecht (last name ; February 28, 1894 – April 18, 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 70 films and as a prolific storyteller, authored 35 books and created some of the most entertaining screenplays or plays in America. According to film historian Richard Corliss, he was "the" Hollywood screenwriter, someone who "personified Hollywood itself." The Dictionary of Literary Biography - American Screenwriters, calls him "one of the most successful screenwriters in the history of motion pictures."

He was the first screenwriter to receive an Academy Award for Original Screenplay, for the movie Underworld (1927). The number of screenplays he wrote or worked on that are now considered classics is, according to Chicago's Newberry Library, "astounding," and included films such as, Scarface (1932), The Front Page, Twentieth Century (1934), Barbary Coast (1935), Nothing Sacred (1937), Stagecoach, Some Like It Hot, Gone with the Wind, Gunga Din, Wuthering Heights, (all 1939), His Girl Friday (1940), Spellbound (1945), Notorious (1946), Monkey Business, A Farewell to Arms (1957), Mutiny on the Bounty (1962), and Casino Royale (posthumously, in 1967). 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 as a result wrote articles and plays about the plight of Europe's 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 the Zionist movement in Palestine, during which time a supply ship to Palestine was named the S.S. Ben Hecht.

He could produce a screenplay in two weeks and, according to his autobiography, never spent more than eight weeks on a script. Yet he was still able to produce mostly rich, well-plotted, and witty screenplays. His scripts included virtually every movie genre: adventures, musicals, and impassioned romances. But ultimately, he was best known for two specific types of film: crime thrillers and screwball comedies. Despite his success, however, he disliked the effect that movies were having on the theater, American cultural standards, and on his own creativity.

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Total Books: 80
Pulp Adventures 26
2017 - Pulp Adventures 26 [Volume 26] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781976360855
ISBN-10: 1976360854
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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My Story Memorias de Marilyn Monroe
2012 - My Story Memorias De Marilyn Monroe [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788496879591
ISBN-10: 8496879593
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Reference, Humor & Entertainment
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Gargoyles
2012 - Gargoyles (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781468178487
ISBN-10: 1468178482
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
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Notorious Hitchcock Golden Age Radio Presentation
2010 - Notorious Hitchcock Golden Age Radio Presentation [Golden Age Radio Classics] (Audio CD)
ISBN-13: 9781849890649
ISBN-10: 1849890641
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A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago
2010 - A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781449552794
ISBN-10: 144955279X
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Fantazius Mallare
2009 - Fantazius Mallare (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781151392886
ISBN-10: 115139288X
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Fantazius Mallare a Mysterious Oath
2009 - Fantazius Mallare a Mysterious Oath (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781151348876
ISBN-10: 1151348872
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Erik Dorn
2009 - Erik Dorn (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781444456691
ISBN-10: 1444456695
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Gargoyles -1922
2009 - Gargoyles -1922 (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781112295409
ISBN-10: 1112295402
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A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago by Hecht
2009 - A Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago By Hecht [World Cultural Heritage Library] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781433092824
ISBN-10: 1433092824
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Eric Dorn
2008 - Eric Dorn (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788132008309
ISBN-10: 8132008308
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago A
2004 - Thousand and One Afternoons in Chicago A (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781414219820
ISBN-10: 1414219822
Genres: Reference, Travel
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Je hais les acteurs
2003 - Je Hais Les Acteurs (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782707140852
ISBN-10: 2707140856
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Art  Architecture on 1001 Afternoons in Chicago Essays and Tall Tales of Artists and the Cityscape of the 1920s
2002 - Art Architecture on 1001 Afternoons in Chicago Essays and Tall Tales of Artists and the Cityscape of the 1920s [Rediscovering Ben Hecht Series] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780966770919
ISBN-10: 0966770919
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Managingnonprofitsorg Dynamic Management for the Digital Age
2001 - Managingnonprofitsorg Dynamic Management for the Digital Age (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780471395270
ISBN-10: 0471395277
Genres: Business & Money, Computers & Technology
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Perfidy
1997 - Perfidy (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780964688636
ISBN-10: 0964688638
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction
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Delitto senza passione
1986 - Delitto Senza Passione (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9788838903588
ISBN-10: 8838903581
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A Child of the Century
1985 - A Child of the Century (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780917657412
ISBN-10: 0917657411
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction
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The Kingdom Of Evil A Continuation Of The Journal Of Fantazius Mallare
Gaily Gaily
1969 - Gaily Gaily (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780451027214
ISBN-10: 0451027213
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Alone By Night
1961 - Alone By Night (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9783450035631
ISBN-10: 3450035630
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