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Ben Hecht

“A movie is never any better than the stupidest man connected with it.”

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    THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM

    Otto Preminger United States, 1955

    Besides making masterpiece after masterpiece, in the 1950s Austrian emigre auteur Otto Preminger was known for pushing the envelope of American censorship. Try this one on for size: Frank Sinatra as a drug addict! Impeccably fluid filmmaking, a legendary performance, and an unforgettable score.

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    A STAR IS BORN

    William A. Wellman United States, 1937

    So classic that it’s been remade four times, Wellman’s original is still the definitive version, with Old Hollywood as the backdrop for grand romantic tragedy. The early Technicolor glows, and Dorothy Parker, Ben Hecht, and Budd Schulberg all had a hand in writing the Oscar-nominated script!

    THE FRONT PAGE

    Lewis Milestone United States, 1931

    If the title sounds familiar, that’s because Hecht and McArthur’s fast-talking hit play was turned into the screwball classic His Girl Friday by Howard Hawks. But very fun and very funny is Lewis Milestone’s pre-Code adaptation—newly restored!—which keeps the gender roles of the play intact.

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