Topaze Script

Script by:Ben Hecht (Screenplay), Benn W. Levy (Adaptation), Marcel Pagnol (Theatre Play)
Directed by:Harry d'Abbadie d'Arrast
Year:1933

Plot:An honest and naive schoolteacher gets a lesson in how the world works outside the classroom, when a rich Baron and his mistress use the teacher's name and outstanding reputation in a crooked business scheme.
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The Unholy Garden Script

Script by:Ben Hecht (Screenplay), Ben Hecht (Dialogue), Charles MacArthur (Screenplay), Charles MacArthur (Dialogue), John Lee Mahin (Screenplay)
Directed by:George Fitzmaurice
Year:1931

Plot:At a hotel in the middle of the Sahara, an old man and his daughter try to keep the location of a hidden treasure from a collection of thieves and criminals staying at the hotel who are determined to get it. A suave gentleman thief arrives at the hotel one day with his own plan to get the loot, but complications ensue when he begins to fall for the daughter.
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The Man with the Golden Arm Script

Script by:Ben Hecht (Screenplay), Nelson Algren (Author), Walter Newman (Screenplay), Lewis Meltzer (Screenplay)
Directed by:Otto Preminger
Year:1955

Plot:A junkie must face his true self to kick his drug addiction.
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A Star Is Born (1937) Script

Script by:David O. Selznick (Writer), Ben Hecht (Writer), William A. Wellman (Story), Dorothy Parker (Screenplay), Alan Campbell (Screenplay), Robert Carson (Screenplay), Robert Carson (Story)
Directed by:William A. Wellman
Year:1937

Plot:Esther Blodgett is just another starry-eyed farm kid trying to break into the movies. Waitressing at a Hollywood party, she catches the eye of her idol Norman Maine, is sent for a screen test, and before long attains stardom as newly minted Vicki Lester. She and Norman marry, though his career soon dwindles to nothing due to his chronic alcoholism.
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Monkey Business (1952) Script

Script by:I. A. L. Diamond (Screenplay), Charles Lederer (Screenplay), Ben Hecht (Screenplay), Harry Segall (Story)
Directed by:Howard Hawks
Year:1952

Plot:Research chemist Barnaby Fulton works on a fountain of youth pill for a chemical company. One of the labs chimps gets loose in the laboratory and mixes chemicals, but then pours the mix into the water cooler. When trying one of his own samples, washed down with water from the cooler, Fulton begins to act just like a twenty-year-old and believes his potion is working. Soon his wife and boss are also behaving like children.
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His Girl Friday Script

Script by:Ben Hecht (Theatre Play), Charles MacArthur (Theatre Play), Charles Lederer (Screenplay)
Directed by:Howard Hawks
Year:1940

Plot:Hildy, the journalist former wife of newspaper editor Walter Burns, visits his office to inform him that she's engaged and will be getting remarried the next day. Walter can't let that happen and frames the fiancé, Bruce Baldwin, for one thing after another, to keep him temporarily held in prison, while trying to steer Hildy into returning to her old job as his employee.
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The Thing From Another World Script

Script by:Howard Hawks (Screenplay), Charles Lederer (Screenplay), Ben Hecht (Screenplay)
Directed by:Howard Hawks, Christian Nyby
Year:1951

Plot:Scientists and U.S. Air Force officials fend off a blood-thirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost.
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7 Faces of Dr. Lao Script

Script by:Charles Beaumont (Screenplay), Charles G. Finney (Writer), Ben Hecht (Writer)
Directed by:George Pal
Year:1964

Plot:An old Chinese man rides into the town of Abalone, Arizona and changes it forever, as the citizens see themselves reflected in the mirror of Lao's mysterious circus of mythical beasts.
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The Paradine Case Script

Script by:Robert Hichens (Novel), David O. Selznick (Screenplay), Ben Hecht (Screenplay), Alma Reville (Screenplay), James Bridie (Screenplay)
Directed by:Alfred Hitchcock
Year:1947

Plot:The beautiful Mrs. Paradine is accused of poisoning her older, blind husband. She hires married Anthony Keane as her lawyer and when he begins to fall in love with her, she encourages him.
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Strangers on a Train Script

Script by:Patricia Highsmith (Novel), Raymond Chandler (Screenplay), Czenzi Ormonde (Screenplay), Ben Hecht (Screenplay), Whitfield Cook (Adaptation)
Directed by:Alfred Hitchcock
Year:1951

Plot:A psychotic socialite confronts a pro tennis star with a theory on how two complete strangers can get away with murder—a theory that he plans to implement.
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