The Ancient Reluctant Conscript
An extra in epic war films of the silent film era tells his war stories and packs for work in Italy Selling the Celluloid Serpent
Another Arabian Night
The male secretary to matinee idol Wallace Reid replies to his mash male in kind, losing his job and creating troubles for Mr. Reid. Selling the Celluloid Serpent.
When a courtly theater usher dies, so it seems does an era of grace in the American theater The Ben Hecht Story & News
Dadaist Johannes Baader visits Chicago and reacts to the Ku Klux Klan movement in this strange hotel interview in which he speaks standing on his head. Art & Architecture on 1001 Afternoons in Chicago.
The Wrigley Building inspires awe in expressionist artist George Grosz, whose agent, Herman Sachs meets Hecht at the new landmark to tell the story to Hecht.
Art & Architecture on 1001 Afternoons in Chicago. Art & Architecture on 1001 Afternoons in Chicago.
The Faithful Lorelei
A artist who in youth may have had talent, abandons painting out of need to make a living. His midlife return to painting finds that his talent is now lost, a classic carpe diem story for Hecht. The Ben Hecht Story & News
Hecht’s epigrammatic list of the classics he would recommend for fine binding in 1922. Published on our site!
Hecht disparages Sherwood Anderson’s move to the suburbs and fear of the city as well as another bone of contention between them. The Ben Hecht Story & News.
Hoch das Dadismus
An ode to Dada, artist George Grosz and his brand of Berlin Dadaism, which Hecht sampled with him while a reproter in Berlin in 1919. Art & Architecture on 1001 Afternoons in Chicago.
A trip to the toy department of a large store evokes memories of childhood. Here on our web site.
I Got the Blues
The soulful blues stanzas from a cabaret singer serve as a background for the complaints of a European guest. Here on this site.
Impressions at an Amusement Park
Just that. Reflects Hecht's abiding interest in circus characters and the psychology of the public that goes to such entertainments. The Ben Hecht Story & News.
In Behalf of Art
Just as the architecture of the Greeks, Romans, Egyptians and Renaissance Europeans was driven by each civilizations core value, so too the modernism of the Chicago loop is driven by the mass energy of its era. Art & Architecture on 1001 Afternoons in Chicago.
The Indestructible Masterpiece
An artist who has run out of credit at the favorite saloon gives a painting to the proprietor and insures it for $2,000. Art & Architecture on 1001 Afternoons in Chicago.
Janitor Joe and the Higher Criticism. November 8, 1921
A janitor who appreciates the art work seen in the Tree Studios lambastes the modernists shown at a Michigan Avenue gallery. Art & Architecture on 1001 Afternoons in Chicago.
Norman Selby, alias Kid McCoy has abandoned his professional boxing career to play fight scenes in movies. Selling the Celluloid Serpent
Letter to Ta Samo
Jerome Blum, an artist of Tahiti returns to Chicago, which he describes as less civilized than the South Sea Islands in this letter he writes to chief Ta Samo.
The Primitive Lover
A manicurist wishes her barber boyfriend were more ferocious, like Harrison Ford in the film the Primitive Lover.
Mack Sennett’s Soul.
Mack Sennett, the renowned producer, complains the Hecht that there is no place for him to hide from an inquisitive public and press.
Hecht attempts a conversation with the contentious West Side
journalist about Einstein's theory of relativity.
The Chinese cultural consultant to DW Griffith’s Broken Blossoms appears completely Americanized. Quan [Kwan] is returning to China to marry a bride chosen by his family, but Hecht and others expect his return.
The Movie Double
The life of a stunt woman for silent film stars is described. She is never the one who is kissed.
My Last Park Bench
Hecht bids a bittersweet good bye to Chicago from the bench in Grant Park where he often contemplated the skyline and the people in the park.
The New Market
The stock value of Hollywood movie character types is detailed with the latest increases and decreases specified.
The New Skyscraper. Hecht watches the Temple Building under construction and ponders how people imbue such buidings with meaning.
The renowned artist is in Chicago before his Himalayan expeditions and tells Hecht how to bring art to the masses.
Notes by a Bogus Classicist
Hecht and his friend and illustrator Wallace Smith argue about the superiority of ancient sculptures over attempts to recreate them in the neo-classical trend.
Peer Gynt's Panhandle
The newspaper man interviews Clarence O’Toole, who claims to be an architect and has a plan for putting all of the buildings in Chicago into four skyscrapers.
A Perfect Exposure.
A married woman who longs to be in movies takes a job demonstrating in a store window, much to the chagrin of her husband.
Peshka and the Great Urge
A housewife who wants to be in movies finds herself in a scam by a bogus production company that steals her furniture as she emotes for the camera.
Silent film diva and intellectual Olga Petrova discusses modernist philosophy with artist Herman Rosse
The bull-fighter who played in Blood and Sand is dismayed that the lead role was played by a famous actor who was not Spanish.
A Plot for a Story
An incident in the life of Hecht’s editor friend is suggested as an idea for a slice of life film scenario.
Reality vs Sham
Charlie Chaplain and a friend of Hecht both enter a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.
Hecht and a friend attend an exhibition of American art at the Art Institute of Chicago. they are dismayed, all the more because the modernists were largely excluded.
A Study in Still Life
Dawn at the South Water Street Market inspires vivid descriptions of “cubist” produce and what ethnic groups sell what at the market.
The Sullen Faucette
A couple with a successful cabaret act in which the man devotedly observes his partner splits when the woman is offered her own solo act. Hecht and a friend compare the psychology of the duo act and the solo one
Tears, Tears, Tears.
One of several stories involving a discussion between Hecht and Balaban & Katz press agent Lloyd Lewis, about how directors get the silent film actresses to cry.
Herman Rosse, Hecht's lifelong friend and director of design at the Art Institute of Chicago tells of his inspiration by rooftops in a factory area of Chicago