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March 7, 2013

Screenwriter Profile: Ben Hecht

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Ben Hecht won the first ever Oscar given for screenwriting (at the time the category was called “Best Original Story”) in 1927 for his gangster drama Underworld. He has one of the longest lists of credits I’ve ever seen on IMDB, including writing credits on such classics as Gone with the Wind, the original Scarface (here’s the script for the 1983 version), the original Some Like It Hot (the 1958 version), and the play which His Girl Friday is based on. What follows is a partial listing of his impressive credits as both scribe and script doctor.

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March 7, 2013

Quote of the Day: James Michener

I have never thought of myself as a good writer. Anyone who wants reassurance of that should read one of my first drafts. But I’m one of the world’s great rewriters.
I find that three or four readings are required to comb out the cliches, line up pronouns with their antecedents, and insure agreement in number between subject and verbs… I can never recall anything of mine that’s ever been printed in less than three drafts.
You write that first draft really to see how it’s going to come out.