Ben Hecht

Ben Hecht

Highest Rated: 100% Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

Lowest Rated: 0% A Farewell to Arms (1957)

Birthday: Feb 28, 1894

Birthplace: New York, New York, USA

One of the premier writers of the 20th century, Ben Hecht quickly established himself as a hardboiled, eminently readable Chicago newspaper reporter and columnist. He went on to pen several successful Broadway plays, including "The Front Page," one of the most widely staged productions of its era, and a number of acclaimed books, including both fiction, non-fiction and anthologies. Hollywood took notice and Hecht was soon putting his skills to work for the silver screen. Within a year, he had won an Academy Award for "Underworld" (1927) and a litany of his credits from that point onward was staggering. Some of the finest movies produced from the 1930s through the early 1960s Hecht either wrote the screenplay or was brought in for an uncredited polish. Some of his greatest works included Scarface" (1932), "Nothing Sacred" (1937), "A Star is Born" (1937), "Stagecoach" (1939), "Gone With the Wind" (1939), "Foreign Correspondent" (1940), "Tales of Manhattan" (1942), "The Black Swan" (1942), "Spellbound" (1945), "Notorious" (1946), "Kiss of Death" (1947), "Strangers on a Train" (1951) and "Guys and Dolls" (1955). His ability to turn out high-quality work in a short period of time - sometimes as little as two weeks - on such a wide variety of genres kept Hecht in near constant demand, and while he considered movies to be a lesser art form, Hecht's creativity and talent for intelligent plotting and crackling dialogue was indisputable.

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Filmography

Movies

Credit
68% 37% Kiss of Death Writer $14.7M 1995
70% 73% Mutiny on the Bounty Writer - 1962
17% 22% Queen of Outer Space Writer (Story) - 1958
0% 37% A Farewell to Arms Writer (Screenplay) - 1957
No Score Yet 33% Legend of the Lost Screenwriter - 1957
No Score Yet 25% The Iron Petticoat Writer - 1956
67% 64% Trapeze Writer - 1956
81% 84% The Man With the Golden Arm Writer - 1955
88% 67% Monkey Business Screenwriter - 1952
No Score Yet No Score Yet Actors and Sin Director - 1952
No Score Yet 40% The Secret of Convict Lake Screenwriter - 1951
100% 88% Where the Sidewalk Ends Screenwriter - 1950
83% 85% Portrait of Jennie Writer - 1948
No Score Yet 56% The Miracle of the Bells Screenwriter - 1948
94% 90% Rope Writer - 1948
83% 48% The Paradine Case Writer (Additional Dialogue) - 1947
100% 85% Ride the Pink Horse Writer (Screenplay) - 1947
88% 76% Kiss of Death Writer - 1947
98% 91% Notorious Writer - 1946
No Score Yet No Score Yet Specter of the Rose Director,
Writer
- 1946
85% 82% Spellbound Writer (Screenplay) - 1945
93% 87% Lifeboat Screenwriter - 1944
No Score Yet 74% Tales of Manhattan Screenwriter - 1942
No Score Yet 33% Second Chorus Screenwriter - 1940
95% 81% Foreign Correspondent Writer - 1940
No Score Yet 50% Comrade X Screenwriter - 1940
98% 90% His Girl Friday Writer (Play) - 1940
67% 52% Angels Over Broadway Director,
Screenwriter,
Producer
- 1940
100% 86% Stagecoach Writer - 1939
96% 85% Wuthering Heights Screenwriter $593.9K 1939
92% 74% Gunga Din Writer - 1939
No Score Yet 14% The Goldwyn Follies Screenwriter - 1938
100% 70% Nothing Sacred Screenwriter - 1937
No Score Yet 50% Once in a Blue Moon Director,
Producer
- 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet Soak the Rich Director - 1936
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Scoundrel Director - 1935
92% 47% Barbary Coast Screenwriter - 1935
86% 75% Twentieth Century Writer (Play),
Writer (Screenplay)
- 1934
No Score Yet No Score Yet The President Vanishes Screenwriter - 1934
100% 50% Crime Without Passion Director - 1934
76% 81% Design for Living Writer (Screenplay) - 1933
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Unholy Garden Screenwriter - 1931
67% 52% The Great Gabbo Writer - 1929

TV

Credit
No Score Yet 80% ER Eddie Bernero (Guest Star) 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Writer 1949-1950

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