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Ben Hecht (I) (1894–1964)


Ben Hecht, one of Hollywood's and Broadway's greatest writers, won an Oscar for best original story for Underworld (1927) at the first Academy Awards in 1929 and had a hand in the writing of many classic films. He was nominated five more times for the best writing Oscar, winning (along with writing partner and friend Charles MacArthur, with whom ... See full bio »

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Won 2 Oscars. Another 3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Notorious
Notorious Writer
(1946)
The Scoundrel
The Scoundrel Writer
(1935)
Angels Over Broadway
(1940)
Underworld
Underworld Writer
(1927)

Filmography

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 2016 Steal Away Home (Short) (story)
 2013 Miracle of the Murderers (Short) (characters) / (story)
 1995 Kiss of Death (1947 screenplay)
 1992 Notorious (TV Movie) (earlier screenplay) / (earlier story)
 1988 Switching Channels (play "The Front Page")
 1986 I Hate Actors (based on the novel by)
 1983 Scarface (1932 screenplay, uncredited)
 1982 Emmenez-moi au théâtre (TV Series) (play "The Front Page" - 1 episode)
- Spéciale dernière (1982) ... (play "The Front Page")
 1974 The Front Page (play)
 1970 The Front Page (TV Movie) (play)
 1969 Gaily, Gaily (novel)
 1967 Spéciale dernière (TV Movie) (play)
 1967 Casino Royale (uncredited)
 1964 Circus World (screenplay)
 1964 Destry (TV Series) (original screenplay - 1 episode)
- Ride to Rio Verde (1964) ... (original screenplay)
 1964 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (uncredited)
 1963 Reporter (TV Movie)
 1963 Cleopatra (uncredited)
 1962 Billy Rose's Jumbo (book)
 1962 Mutiny on the Bounty (uncredited)
 1962 Walk on the Wild Side (uncredited)
  Theatre '62 (TV Series) (script for 1945 film 'Spellbound' - 1 episode, 1962) (original screenplay - 1 episode, 1961)
- Spellbound (1962) ... (script for 1945 film 'Spellbound')
- Notorious (1961) ... (original screenplay)
 1961 Reporter (TV Movie) (co-writer)
 1960 North to Alaska (uncredited)
  Goodyear Theatre (TV Series) (adaptation - 1 episode, 1959) (book "Charlie" - 1 episode, 1959)
- Hello, Charlie (1959) ... (adaptation) / (book "Charlie")
 1959 John Paul Jones (uncredited)
 1959 The Ten Commandments (TV Movie)
 1958 The Gun Runners (uncredited)
 1958 Queen of Outer Space (story "Queen of the Universe")
 1958 The Fiend Who Walked the West (1947 screenplay Kiss of Death)
 1957 Legend of the Lost (screenplay)
 1957 A Farewell to Arms (screenplay)
 1957 Matinee Theatre (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1956 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (uncredited)
 1956 The Iron Petticoat (screenplay)
 1956 Trapeze (uncredited)
 1956 Ford Star Jubilee (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- Twentieth Century (1956) ... (play)
 1956 Miracle in the Rain (novel) / (screenplay)
 1955 The Indian Fighter (screenplay)
 1955 The Man with the Golden Arm (uncredited)
 1955 Guys and Dolls (uncredited)
  TV de Vanguarda (TV Series) (play - 1 episode, 1955) (story - 1 episode, 1953) (screenplay "Crime Without Passion" - 1 episode, 1952)
- A Flor Eterna (1955) ... (play)
- O Espectro da Rosa (1953) ... (story)
- Crime Sem Paixão (1952) ... (screenplay "Crime Without Passion")
 1954 Light's Diamond Jubilee (TV Movie documentary)
 1954 Ulysses (screenplay)
 1954 Living It Up (play "Hazel Flagg")
 1953 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series) (written by - 1 episode)
- The World's My Oyster (1953) ... (written by)
 1953 Broadway Television Theatre (TV Series) (play - 2 episodes)
- The Front Page (1953) ... (play)
- Twentieth Century (1953) ... (play)
  Willys Theatre Presenting Ben Hecht's Tales of the City (TV Series) (story - 6 episodes, 1953) (written by - 1 episode, 1953)
- Episode #1.7 (1953) ... (written by)
- Count Bruga (1953) ... (story)
- Miracle in the Rain (1953) ... (story)
- Episode #1.4 (1953) ... (story)
- Actor's Blood (1953) ... (story)
 1953 Indiscretion of an American Wife (titles - uncredited)
 1953 Angel Face (uncredited)
 1952 Hans Christian Andersen (uncredited)
 1952 Monkey Business (screenplay)
 1952 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Double Exposure (1952) ... (story)
 1952 O. Henry's Full House (segment "Ransom of Red Chief", uncredited)
 1952 Actor's and Sin (written by)
 1952 The Wild Heart (uncredited)
 1949-1951 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series) (story - 4 episodes)
- The Pink Hussar (1951) ... (story)
- Miracle in the Rain (1950) ... (story)
- Concerning a Woman of Sin (1949) ... (story)
- The Rival Dummy (1949) ... (story)
 1951 The Secret of Convict Lake (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1951 Strangers on a Train (uncredited)
 1951 The Thing from Another World (uncredited)
 1950 The Billy Rose Show (TV Series) (original story - 1 episode)
- The Murder Club (1950) ... (original story)
 1950 September Affair (uncredited)
 1950 Edge of Doom (uncredited)
 1950 Where the Sidewalk Ends (screenplay)
 1949-1950 Actor's Studio (TV Series) (story - 2 episodes)
- The Pink Hussar (1950) ... (story)
- Concerning a Woman of Sin (1949) ... (story)
 1950 Perfect Strangers (play "Ladies and Gentlemen")
 1949-1950 The Front Page (TV Series) (play - 18 episodes)
- Episode #1.18 (1950) ... (play - screenplay)
- Episode #1.17 (1950) ... (play - screenplay)
- Episode #1.16 (1950) ... (play - screenplay)
- Episode #1.15 (1950) ... (play - screenplay)
- Episode #1.14 (1949) ... (play - screenplay)
 1950 Whirlpool (screenplay)
 1949 The Inspector General (uncredited)
 1949 Love Happy (uncredited)
 1949 Roseanna McCoy (uncredited)
 1949 The Ford Theatre Hour (TV Series) (play - 1 episode)
- The Twentieth Century (1949) ... (play)
 1949 Big Jack (uncredited)
 1949 The Chevrolet Tele-Theatre (TV Series) (story - 1 episode)
- Miracle in the Rain (1949) ... (story)
 1948 Portrait of Jennie (uncredited)
 1948 Cry of the City (uncredited)
 1948 Rope (uncredited)
 1948 The Front Page (TV Movie) (play)
 1948 The Miracle of the Bells (screen play)
 1947 The Paradine Case (additional dialogue - uncredited)
 1947 Her Husband's Affairs (original screenplay)
 1947 Ride the Pink Horse (screenplay)
 1947 Kiss of Death (screenplay)
 1947 Dishonored Lady (uncredited)
 1946 Duel in the Sun (uncredited)
 1946 Notorious (written by)
 1946 Specter of the Rose (original screenplay)
 1946 Gilda (uncredited)
 1945 Cornered (uncredited)
 1945 The Front Page (TV Movie) (play)
 1945 Spellbound (screen play)
 1945 Watchtower Over Tomorrow (Documentary short)
 1944 Lifeboat (uncredited)
 1943 The Outlaw (uncredited)
 1942 China Girl (written by)
 1942 The Black Swan (screenplay)
 1942 Tales of Manhattan (original story and screenplay)
 1942 Ten Gentlemen from West Point (uncredited)
 1942 Roxie Hart (uncredited)
 1942 Journey Into Fear (uncredited)
 1941 Lydia (screenplay and dialogue)
 1940 Comrade X (screen play)
 1940 Second Chorus (uncredited)
 1940 The Mad Doctor (uncredited)
 1940 Angels Over Broadway (written by)
 1940 Foreign Correspondent (uncredited)
 1940 I Take This Woman (uncredited)
 1940 His Girl Friday (from the play "The Front Page") / (screenplay - uncredited)
 1940 The Shop Around the Corner (uncredited)
 1939 Gone with the Wind (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1939 Eternally Yours (uncredited)
 1939 Lady of the Tropics (screen play)
 1939 It's a Wonderful World (based on an original story by) / (screen play)
 1939 Some Like It Hot (play "The Great Magoo")
 1939 Wuthering Heights (screen play)
 1939 Let Freedom Ring (original story) / (screen play)
 1939 Stagecoach (uncredited)
 1939 Gunga Din (story)
 1938 Angels with Dirty Faces (uncredited)
 1938 The Goldwyn Follies (story and screen play)
 1937 Nothing Sacred (screen play)
 1937 The Hurricane (uncredited)
 1937 The Prisoner of Zenda (uncredited)
 1937 Woman Chases Man (contributing writer - unconfirmed, uncredited)
 1937 King of Gamblers (uncredited)
 1937 A Star Is Born (contributing writer - uncredited)
 1936 Soak the Rich
 1935 Barbary Coast
 1935 Spring Tonic (play)
 1935 The Scoundrel (story)
 1935 The Florentine Dagger (by)
 1934 The President Vanishes (uncredited)
 1934 Crime Without Passion (story "Caballero of the Law") / (written by)
 1934 Shoot the Works (play)
 1934 Twentieth Century (play - uncredited) / (screenplay)
 1934 Upper World (story)
 1934 Viva Villa! (screen play)
 1934 Riptide (uncredited)
 1933 Queen Christina (uncredited)
 1933 Design for Living (screenplay)
 1933 Turn Back the Clock (screen play)
 1933/I Topaze (screenplay)
 1933 Hallelujah I'm a Bum (original story)
 1932 Rasputin and the Empress (uncredited)
 1932 Back Street (uncredited)
 1932 Million Dollar Legs (uncredited)
 1932 Runt Page (Short) (play "The Front Page" - uncredited)
 1932 Scarface (screen story)
 1932 The Beast of the City (uncredited)
 1931 The Unholy Garden (dialogue) / (story)
 1931 The Sin of Madelon Claudet (uncredited)
 1931 Homicide Squad (uncredited)
 1931 Quick Millions (uncredited)
 1931 The Front Page (by)
 1930 Le spectre vert (story)
 1930 Roadhouse Nights (original screenplay)
 1930 Street of Chance (uncredited)
 1929 The Unholy Night (story)
 1929 The Great Gabbo (adapted from the story by)
 1928 The Big Noise (original story)
 1927 Underworld (story)
 1926 The New Klondike (uncredited)
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Stage: Wrote "To Quito and Back", produced on Broadway. Comedy. Production Supervised by Lawrence Langner and Theresa Helburn. Staged by Philip Moeller. Guild Theatre: 6 Oct 1937-Dec 1937 (closing date unknown/46 performances). Cast: Albert Allen, Walter Armin (as "Officer"), Leslie Banks (as "Alexander Sterns"), Harry Bellaver (as "... See more »

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6 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 5 Articles | See more »
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Personal Quote:

The American of 1953 is a cliché-strangled citizen whose like was never before in the Republic. Compared to the pre-movieized American of 1910-1920, he is an enfeebled intellect. I concede the movies alone did not undo the American mind. A number of forces worked away at that project. But always, well up in front and never faltering at their frowzy task, were the movies. In pre-movie days, the ... See more »

Trivia:

Brian De Palma dedicated Scarface (1983), his remake of the film Scarface (1932) that Hecht wrote, to him. See more »

Nickname:

Benny

Star Sign:

Pisces

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