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The Ben Hecht Show: Impolitic Observations from the Freest Thinker of 1950s Television [Hardcover]

Ben Hecht , Bret Primack
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July 1993 089950857X 978-0899508573
On February 15, 1958, writer Ben Hecht (1893-1964), a flamboyant and caustic social critic, appeared on The Mike Wallace Interview. Wallace and his producer, Ted Yates, agreed that Hechts personality was provocative enough to be the basis of a television show. The Ben Hecht Show was born. For 22 weeks, Ben Hecht held forth on a variety of subjects, enraging some, engaging many. Here is a sample of Hechts stories and essays from his short-lived television show. Entertaining, defiant, realistic, and iconoclastic, these are the impolitic thoughts of a man who tried to awaken the public from the "optical opiate" of 1950s television.

Editorial Reviews


"The Ben Hecht now immortalized in a book of the same name...Hecht at his most relaxed, about what you would get if you ever sat next to him on a plane" -- Movie Collector's World

"Hecht's shake-and-quake style is preserved [here] on paper" -- Chicago Tribune

"a compendium of pithy, powerful commentary" -- Booklist/RBB

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Mcfarland & Co Inc Pub (July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089950857X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0899508573
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,857,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hecht was quite a fellow, a screenwriter, playwright, novelist, newspaperman and propagandist on behalf of the dying Jews of Europe. At the end of his career, he had a tv show and this book details his quick rise and fall, on account of his outspoken views on everything from politics to sex to religion, things that just weren't talked about on tv in the late 50s.
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