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Ben Hecht

Ben Hecht

Birthdate: February 28, 1894

Deathdate: April 18, 1964


Roadhouse Nights (1930)

Roadhouse Nights is a 1930 gangster film very loosely based on the classic novel Red Harvest written by Dashiell Hammett (author of The Maltese Falcon, The Thin Man, and The Glass Key). The screenplay differs sharply from the novel, with the storyline almost entirely rewritten by screenwriter Ben...

The Great Gabbo (1929)

The movie follows brilliant ventriloquist "The Great Gabbo" (Stroheim) who, as he spirals down into madness, increasingly uses his dummy "Otto" as his only means of self-expression—an artist driven insane by his work. Gabbo's gimmick is his astonishing ability to make Otto talk—and even sing—whil...

Underworld (1927)

Boisterous gangster kingpin Bull Weed rehabilitates his former lawyer from his alcoholic haze, but complications arise when he falls for Weed's girlfriend.