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Ben Hecht

Ben Hecht


Birthdate: February 28, 1894

Deathdate: April 18, 1964

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Guys and Dolls (1955)

Although there are detail differences between the stage and movie versions, the plot is essentially based on the activities of New York petty criminals and professional gamblers in the late 1940s. Gambler Nathan Detroit (Frank Sinatra) is under pressure from all sides. He has to organize an unlic...
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Ulysses (1954)

The story is about Ulysses' efforts to return to his home after the end of the Trojan war, and the adventures that befall him.
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Living It Up (1954)

Homer Flagg is a railroad worker in the small town of Desert Hole, New Mexico. His big dream in life is to visit New York City while he is young. One day he finds an abandoned automobile at an old atomic proving ground. His doctor and best friend, Steve Harris, diagnoses him with radiation poison...
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Hans Christian Andersen (1953)

Hans Christian Andersen is a 1952 Hollywood musical film directed by Charles Vidor, with words and music by Frank Loesser. The story was by Myles Connolly, its screenplay was by Moss Hart and Ben Hecht (uncredited), and was produced by Samuel Goldwyn Productions. It is a fictional, romantic story...
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Actor's and Sin (1952)

Two-part story--the first is about a washed-up Broadway actor and his tough daughter, who is a bigger star than he is; the second is about a literary agent whose newest client--a nine-year-old boy--is the author of a borderline pornographic book.
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O. Henry's Full House (1952)

O. Henry's Full House is a 1952 American anthology film made by 20th Century Fox, consisting of five separate stories by O. Henry. The film was produced by André Hakim and directed by five separate directors from five separate screenplays. The music score was composed by Alfred Newman. The film i...
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Monkey Business (1952)

Dr. Barnaby Fulton (Cary Grant), a very absent-minded research chemist working on a fountain of youth pill for the Oxly chemical company, is trying to develop an elixir of youth, urged on by his commercially-minded boss Oliver Oxly (Charles Coburn). One of Dr. Fulton's chimpanzees, Esther, gets ...
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Angel Face (1952)

Beverly Hills ambulance driver Frank Jessup and his partner Bill are called to the hilltop estate of Charles and Catherine Tremayne. By the time they arrive, Catherine has already been treated for gas inhalation, which the police believe occurred accidentally, but which the wealthy Catherine susp...
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Strangers on a Train (1951)

Amateur tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger) wants to divorce his vulgar and unfaithful wife Miriam (Laura Elliott), so he can marry the elegant and beautiful Anne Morton (Ruth Roman), daughter of a senator (Leo G. Carroll). While on a train to meet Miriam, Haines encounters Bruno Anthony (Ro...
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The Thing (1951)

A United States Air Force crew is dispatched by General Fogerty from Anchorage, Alaska at the request of Dr. Carrington, the chief scientist of a North Pole scientific outpost. They have evidence that an unknown flying craft crashed nearby, so Reporter Ned Scott tags along for the story. Dr. Car...
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The Secret of Convict Lake (1951)

In 1871, six convicts escape from a Carson City prison. A posse loses them in a mountain blizzard, and after the posse turn back, the convicts continue on foot and one of the fugitives freezes to death. The 5 remaining are Canfield, Greer, Cockerell, Anderson and Maxwell. They make it to a lake c...
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Perfect Strangers (1951)

Terry Scott (Ginger Rogers), who is separated from her husband, and unhappily married David Campbell (Dennis Morgan), the father of two children, meet when they are selected to serve on the jury of the Los Angeles trial of Ernest Craig (Ford Rainey). The defendant is charged with murdering his wi...
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Edge of Doom (1950)

The story concerns a young mentally disturbed man, Martin Lynn (Farley Granger), who goes on a rampage after his sick mother dies. One of the man's biggest beefs is with the Catholic Church who, in addition to slighting him when his mother needed a priest, once refused to bury his father years ea...
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Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

New York City 16th Precinct Police Detective Dixon (Dana Andrews), who's in trouble with his superiors for his heavy-handed tactics, subjects murder suspect and gambler Ken Paine (Craig Stevens) to the third degree – he strikes the drunken Paine in self-defense and accidentally kills him. Paine, ...
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The Inspector General (1949)

Georgi (Danny Kaye), an illiterate member of a wandering band of Gypsies led by Yakov (Walter Slezak) escapes from a travelling medicine show after he innocently lets slip that the elixir they're selling is a fraud. Tired and hungry, he wanders into the small town of Brodny and whilst trying to s...
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Whirlpool (1949)

Ann Sutton (Gene Tierney), the wife of a successful psychoanalyst (Richard Conte), is arrested for shoplifting. Ann is saved from scandal by smooth-talking hypnotist David Korvo (José Ferrer). Korvo is not what he seems to be, and Ann soon finds herself involved in blackmail and murder. She is u...
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Rope (1948)

Two brilliant young aesthetes, Brandon Shaw (Dall) and Phillip Morgan (Granger), perpetrate murder: they strangle to death a former classmate, David Kentley (Dick Hogan), in their apartment. They commit the crime as an intellectual exercise; they want to prove their superiority by committing the ...
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Cry of the City (1948)

Martin Rome (Richard Conte), a hardened criminal, is recuperating in a hospital from a shootout that leaves a police officer dead. At the hospital, he is briefly visited by his fiancée, Teena Ricante (Debra Paget). A shady lawyer representing another crook, Niles, (Berry Kroeger) claims that he p...
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The Paradine Case (1947)

Maddalena Anna Paradine (Alida Valli) is a very beautiful and enigmatic young foreign woman living in London who is accused of poisoning her older, blind husband, a retired military man. It is not clear at first whether perhaps she is a grateful and devoted wife who has been falsely accused, or w...
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Her Husband's Affairs (1947)

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