Tuesday, February 28, 2017
2/28/1894 Stop the presses! Ben Hecht is born
His greatest achievement related to the crime field may be The Front Page, a screwball comedy co-authored with Charles MacArthur, which was a Broadway hit and has been filmed three times, four if you count Switching Channels. It is the story of Hildy Johnson, a reporter about to quit in favor or a respectable job, who meets an escaped convict, a man sentenced to be executed ondubious grounds. Hildy needs help from his editor, a manipulator who will do anything to keep his star reporter on the job.
Hecht's many other credits include several Hitchcock movies. Among the ones for which he received a screen credit: Notorious and Spellbound.