Hecht, Ben

(1894-1964)
   Born in New York and reared in Wisconsin, Ben Hecht is identified with Chicago, the locale used in his best-known play, coauthored with Charles MacArthur*: The Front Page (1928), a scathing and hilarious melodrama of 1920s yellow journalism and corruption in the Windy City during the Jazz Age. After working as a circus performer and musician, Hecht became a Chicago reporter and dabbled in playwriting with Kenneth Sawyer Goodman, with whom he collaborated on several one-acts including The Wonder Hat (1914) and The Hero of Santa Maria (1915). His collaboration with MacArthur also yielded the farce Twentieth Century* (1932). On his own, he wrote The Egotist (1922), The Stork (1925), the libretto for the Richard Rodgers-Lorenz Hart musical Jumbo (1935), Ladies and Gentlemen (1939), and Swan Song (1946). Most of his career was spent writing novels and over 150 motion pictures from the beginning of the sound era into the 1960s.

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  • HECHT, BEN — (1893–1964), U.S. novelist and playwright. Born in New York City, Hecht was brought up in Racine, Wisconsin. He rebelled against a college education and after a variety of jobs became a reporter first on the Chicago Journal then on the Chicago… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Hecht,Ben — Hecht (hĕkt), Ben. 1894 1964. American writer of short stories, novels, such as Erik Dorn (1921), dramas, including The Front Page (1928), written with Charles MacArthur (1895 1956), and screenplays, such as Gunga Din (1938). * * * …   Universalium

  • Hecht, Ben — born Feb. 28, 1894, New York, N.Y., U.S. died April 18, 1964, New York City U.S. journalist, novelist, playwright, and film writer. He worked for Chicago newspapers 1910–22; at the Daily News he perfected a type of human interest sketch that was… …   Universalium

  • Hecht, Ben — • ХЕКТ (Hecht) Бен (28.2.1894 21.4.1964)    амер. сценарист, режиссёр. После успеха снятых по его сц. ф. Подполье (1927, пр. Оскар , 1927 28), Лицо со шрамом (1932), Да здравствует Вилья! (1934) вошёл в число лучших сценаристов Голливуда. В 1934… …   Кино: Энциклопедический словарь

  • Hecht, Ben — (1893–1964)    US writer. A hard hitting and controversial Chicago reporter, Hecht scored his first stage success as co author of The Front Page (1928) and became a leading Hollywood script writer. He was a vehement supporter of the dissident… …   Who’s Who in Jewish History after the period of the Old Testament

  • Hecht, Ben — (1893 1964)    American novelist and playwright. He was born in New York and grew up in Racine, Wisconsin. He wrote plays and novels, including Jew in Love. In the 1940s he became an advocate of the Palestinian underground organi zaton Irgun… …   Dictionary of Jewish Biography

  • Hecht, Ben — (28 feb. 1894, Nueva York, N.Y., EE.UU.–18 abr. 1964, Nueva York). Periodista, novelista, dramaturgo y guionista cinematográfico estadounidense. Trabajó en periódicos de Chicago en 1910–22. En el Daily News perfeccionó un tipo de ensayo de… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Ben Hecht — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Ben Hecht Ben Hecht, ca. 1919 Nacimiento 28 de febrero de 1894 Nueva York …   Wikipedia Español

  • Ben Hecht — vers 1919 Pour les articles homonymes, voir Hecht. Ben Hecht, né le 28 février 1894 à New York et mort le …   Wikipédia en Français

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