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      Ben Hecht

      Ben Hecht

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

      Lowest Rated: 8% 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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      Credit
      68% 38% Kiss of Death Writer $14.7M 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Front Page Screenwriter - 1970
      70% 73% Mutiny on the Bounty Writer - 1962
      17% 22% Queen of Outer Space Writer - 1958
      No Score Yet 35% Legend of the Lost Screenwriter - 1957
      8% 36% A Farewell to Arms Screenwriter - 1957
      No Score Yet 25% The Iron Petticoat Writer - 1956
      71% 63% Trapeze Writer - 1956
      81% 83% The Man With the Golden Arm Writer - 1955
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Actors and Sin Director - 1952
      79% 68% Monkey Business Screenwriter - 1952
      No Score Yet 57% The Secret of Convict Lake Screenwriter - 1951
      No Score Yet 27% Edge of Doom Screenwriter - 1950
      100% 88% Where the Sidewalk Ends Screenwriter - 1950
      No Score Yet 56% The Miracle of the Bells Screenwriter - 1948
      92% 90% Rope Writer - 1948
      87% 85% Portrait of Jennie Writer - 1948
      100% 85% Ride the Pink Horse Screenwriter - 1947
      88% 76% Kiss of Death Writer - 1947
      77% 48% The Paradine Case Writer - 1947
      96% 91% Notorious Writer - 1946
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Specter of the Rose Director,
      Writer
      - 1946
      85% 82% Spellbound Screenwriter - 1945
      90% 87% Lifeboat Screenwriter - 1944
      No Score Yet 75% Tales of Manhattan Screenwriter - 1942
      95% 81% Foreign Correspondent Writer - 1940
      67% 52% Angels Over Broadway Director,
      Screenwriter,
      Producer
      - 1940
      No Score Yet 50% Comrade X Screenwriter - 1940
      No Score Yet 33% Second Chorus Screenwriter - 1940
      99% 90% His Girl Friday Writer - 1940
      96% 85% Wuthering Heights Screenwriter $593.9K 1939
      92% 74% Gunga Din Writer - 1939
      100% 86% Stagecoach Writer - 1939
      No Score Yet 25% The Goldwyn Follies Screenwriter - 1938
      92% 69% 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 Once in a New Moon Producer - 1935
      92% 48% Barbary Coast Screenwriter - 1935
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Scoundrel Director - 1935
      100% 50% Crime Without Passion Director - 1934
      86% 75% Twentieth Century Writer,
      Screenwriter
      - 1934
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The President Vanishes Screenwriter - 1934
      76% 80% Design for Living Screenwriter - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Turn Back the Clock Screenwriter - 1933
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Unholy Garden Screenwriter - 1931
      71% 48% The Great Gabbo Writer - 1929

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 84% ER Eddie Bernero (Guest Star) 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Studio One Writer 1949-1950