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Ben Hecht

Ben Hecht


Birthdate: February 28, 1894

Deathdate: April 18, 1964

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Ride the Pink Horse (1947)

Gagin (Robert Montgomery) arrives on a bus in San Pablo, a small rural town in New Mexico during its annual fiesta. He plans to confront and blackmail money from a mobster named Frank Hugo (Fred Clark) as retribution for the death of his best friend Shorty. While Gagin waits for Hugo's arrival in...
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Kiss of Death (1947)

The film begins, as it ends, with narration by Nettie (Coleen Gray). On Christmas Eve, down-on-his-luck Nick Bianco (Victor Mature), an ex-convict, and his three cohorts rob a jewelry store located on an upper floor of a New York skyscraper. Before they can exit the building, however, the proprie...
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Gilda (1946)

The film's plot is continually narrated by Johnny Farrell (Glenn Ford), a small-time American gambler newly arrived in Buenos Aires, Argentina. When he wins a lot of money cheating at craps, he has to be rescued from a robbery attempt by a complete stranger, Ballin Mundson (George Macready). Mun...
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Notorious (1946)

Alicia Huberman (Ingrid Bergman), the American daughter of a convicted Nazi spy, is recruited by government agent T. R. Devlin (Cary Grant) to infiltrate an organization of Nazis who have relocated to Brazil after World War II.
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Specter of the Rose (1946)

Specter of the Rose (1946) is a film written and directed by Ben Hecht, starring Judith Anderson, Ivan Kirov, Viola Essen, Michael Chekhov, and Lionel Stander and with choreography by Tamara Geva, and music by George Antheil. It is part ballet film and part murder mystery, with a male ballet supe...
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Spellbound (1945)

The film opens with Shakespeare's proverb, and words on the screen announcing that its purpose is to highlight the virtues of psychoanalysis in banishing mental illness and restoring reason. Dr. Constance Petersen is a psychoanalyst at Green Manors, a mental hospital in Vermont, and is perceived...
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Cornered (1945)

After the end of World War II, a former P.O.W., Canadian RCAF flyer Laurence Gerard (Powell), returns to France to discover who ordered the killing of his bride of only 20 days, a member of the French Resistance. His father-in-law Etienne Rougon identifies Vichy collaborator Marcel Jarnac. He sup...
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Lifeboat (1944)

Several British and US civilians are stuck in a lifeboat in the North Atlantic after their ship and a U-boat sink each other in combat. Willi (Walter Slezak), a German survivor, is pulled aboard and denies being an enemy officer. During an animated debate, Kovac (John Hodiak) demands the German b...
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The Outlaw (1943)

Sheriff Pat Garrett (Thomas Mitchell) welcomes his old friend Doc Holliday (Walter Huston) to Lincoln, New Mexico. Doc is looking for his stolen horse and finds it in the possession of Billy the Kid (Jack Buetel). Despite this, the two gunfighters take a liking to each other, much to Pat's disgus...
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Roxie Hart (1942)

In 1927, Roxie Hart (Ginger Rogers), a showgirl whose no-good husband Amos (George Chandler) kills a theatrical booking agent Fred Casely and insists that Roxie take the blame, since juries seldom send a woman to the gallows. She agrees, figuring that the publicity will be beneficial to her caree...
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The Black Swan (1942)

After England and Spain make peace, notorious pirate Henry Morgan (Laird Cregar) decides to reform. As a reward, he is made Governor of Jamaica, with a mandate to rid the Caribbean of his former comrades, by persuasion or force if necessary. He replaces the former governor, Lord Denby (George Zuc...
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China Girl (1942)

Cameraman Johnny and mercenary Major Bull Weed escape from a Japanese jail with help from the latter’s girlfriend Fifi. They steal a plane and land at a Flying Tiger base in Mandalay. Instead of joining the Tigers, Johnny makes a deal with Bull and Fifi to obtain a camera for him, offering them h...
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Lydia (1941)

Elderly Lydia MacMillan (Merle Oberon) stages a reunion with three former suitors. She reminisces about her life over a forty-year period, the latter part of which has been spent in reclusiveness. The three suitors, former college football star Bob Willard (George Reeves), musician Frank Audry (H...
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Foreign Correspondent (1940)

The editor of the New York Globe (Harry Davenport) is concerned about the "crisis" in Europe, the growing power of Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany, and the inability of celebrated foreign correspondents in getting answers about whether or not war will ensue. After searching for a good, tough crime...
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His Girl Friday (1940)

Walter Burns (Cary Grant) is a hard-boiled editor for The Morning Post who learns his ex-wife and former star reporter, Hildegard "Hildy" Johnson (Rosalind Russell), is about to marry bland insurance man Bruce Baldwin (Ralph Bellamy) and settle down to a quiet life as a wife and mother in Albany...
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The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Alfred Kralik (James Stewart) is the top salesman at a gift shop in Budapest owned by the high-strung Mr. Hugo Matuschek (Frank Morgan). Kralik's coworkers at Matuschek and Company include his friend, Pirovitch (Felix Bressart), a kindly family man, Ferencz Vadas (Joseph Schildkraut), a two-faced...
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Angels Over Broadway (1940)

Angels Over Broadway is a 1940 drama film in which a hustler, a showgirl, and an alcoholic playwright try to help an embezzler win enough money to return what he stole before it is too late. Ben Hecht, who co-directed, produced and wrote the screenplay, was nominated for the Academy Award for Be...
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Comrade X (1940)

In the Soviet Union, American reporter McKinley "Mac" Thompson (Clark Gable) secretly writes unflattering stories, attributed to "Comrade X", for his newspaper. His identity is discovered by his valet, Vanya (Felix Bressart), who blackmails Mac into promising to get his daughter, a streetcar cond...
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Wuthering Heights (1939)

A traveler named Lockwood (Miles Mander) is caught in the snow and stays at the estate of Wuthering Heights, despite the cold behavior of his aged host, Heathcliff (Laurence Olivier). Late that night, after being shown into an upstairs room that was once a bridal chamber, Lockwood is awakened by ...
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Stagecoach (1939)

In 1880, a motley group of strangers boards the east-bound stagecoach from Tonto, Arizona Territory to Lordsburg, New Mexico Territory. These travelers are unremarkable and ordinary at first glance. Among them are Dallas (Claire Trevor), a prostitute who is being driven out of town by the members...