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Chas

Not the Best Movie About Newspapering(exclamation point) But still great fun, supposedly based on Ben Hecht's autobiography:

"Gayly, Gayly" (1969) Beau Bridges as naïve, horny kid doing first job at a newspaper, Brian Keith as world-weary reporter, Melina Mercouri as both the Every sisters.
Editor: "HARVEY! Do you know what a sex maniac does?"
Harvey (just lost virginity) "Yes sir, I think so"
(Editor gives Harvey assignment to get picture of murdered woman)
"For your information, I will tell you what a sex maniac does. A Good Sex Maniac SELLS NEWSPAPERS!"

Bill Wolfe

There's a story Hecht tells in "Gaily, Gaily" about his early days as a reporter. It concerns a one-legged woman who leaves her husband for another man. She did so, the woman explains in a note to her husband, because the other man bought her a new artificial leg "with much better knee action." For me, that anecdote distills the essence of Hecht. I am, in case it wasn't clear, a devoted fan.

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