Classic Entertainment Autographs

Cat. #001511211: BEN HECHT

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Extremely scarce signature in black fountain pen on a one-page 8.5 x 11-inch 1931 termination agreement with the American Play Company.  In very good condition, with two horizontal folds, gentle surface creases and a minor paperclip impression to the upper left-hand corner.  Hecht was one of Hollywood's and Broadway's greatest writers.  He snagged an Oscar for Underworld (1927) at the very first Academy Awards ceremony and a second for The Scoundrel in 1935.  He was nominated four more times, for Villa Villa! (1935), Wuthering Heights (1939), Angels Over Broadway (1940), and Alfred Hitchcock's Notorious (1946).  In 1939, Hecht was paid $10,000.00 by producer David O. Selznick for a fast doctoring of the Gone with the Wind (1939) script, for which he received no credit and suffered the indignity of seeing Sidney Howard take home the Oscar.  His countless other classic film credits include Scarface (1932), Rasputin and the Empress (1932),  A Star Is Born (1937), The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), Gunga Din (1939), His Girl Friday (1940), The Shop Around the Corner (1940), Foreign Correspondent (1940), The Mad Doctor (1941) with Basil Rathbone, Tales of Manhattan (1942), Journey Into Fear (1943), Spellbound (1945), Gilda (1946), Notorious (1946), Duel in the Sun (1946), Kiss of Death (1947), Miracle of the Bells (1948), Rope (1948), Portrait of Jenny (1948), Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950), the sci-fi classic The Thing from Another World (1951), Monkey Business (1952), Hans Christian Andersen (1952), Ulysses (1952), Guys and Dolls (1955), The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), Miracle in the Rain (1956), the horror flick The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956), A Farewell to Arms (1957), the cult gem Queen of Outer Space (1958), The Ten Commandments (1959), Cleopatra (1962), and 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964).