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Ben Hecht - Shakespeare of Hollywood is a companion historical documentary that accompanies Chapter 20:Mystery of the Blues in The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones. It appears on Disc 7 of Volume 3. It has a run-time of 31 minutes, 15 seconds.
Chicago in the roaring twenties was a hotbed of activity -- mostly criminal. Mobsters controlled gambling and the flow of alcohol, and they brutally exacted their revenge on their rivals. It was a bloody way of life for gangsters, but newspapermen had a field day. Ben Hecht was a reporter who could find and tell great stories, bringing the harsh realities of Chicago life on to the front page with a human dimension. Exploring the human condition with words would always be important to Hecht, even when he traded the back alleys of Chicago for Hollywood's back-lots, becoming tinsel-town's most respected screenwriter.
Produced and Written by David O'Dell.