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Ben Hecht (born February 28, 1894 – April 18, 1964) was a screenwriter, film director, producer, playwright and novelist. Called “Shakespeare in Hollywood” received screen crs, alone or in collaboration, by stories or scripts of some 70 films. As a prolific author, writing 35 books and created some of the scripts or plays America’s most successful. According to film historian Richard Corliss, was “the” Hollywood screenwriter, someone who “personified the same Hollywood.” The Dictionary of Literary Biography – American Screenwriters him “one of the most successful screenwriters in the history of cinema.” It was the first screenwriter who received an Academy Award for best original screenplay for his film The law of the underworld (Underworld) in 1927. According to the Newberry Library in Chicago, the number of screenplays written or Hecht collaboration that are now considered “classic” is “amazing.”This list includes films such as Scarface (1932), The Front Page, Tweentieth Century (1934), Barbary Coast (1935), Stagecoach, Some Like It Hot, Gone with the Wind, Gunga Din, Wuthering (1939) , His Girl Friday (1940), Spellbound (1945), Notorious (1946), Monkey Business, A Farewell to Arms (1957), Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) and Casino Royale (posthumous, 1967). In 1940, a film he wrote, produced and directed, Angels Over Broadway, was nominated for best screenplay in Acadeemia Awards. In total, six of his films have been nominated for Academy Awards, winning two of them resulting. An estimated 70-90 many screenplays he wrote what were anonymously because of the British boycott against his work in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The boycott was a response to Hecht’s active support to the Zionist movement in Palestine, coming to be called one of the supply ships to Palestine after him, Ben Hecht SS.