Quotation by Ben Hecht

Hollywood held this double lure for me, tremendous sums of money for work that required no more effort than a game of pinochle.
Ben Hecht (1893–1964), U.S. journalist, author, screenwriter. "Enter, the Movies," bk. 5, A Child of the Century (1954).

A few pages further, Hecht maintained that, "Half of the large sum paid me for writing a movie script was in payment for listening to the producer and obeying him.... The movies pay as much for obedience as for creative work. An able writer is paid a larger sum than a man of small talent. But he is paid this added money not to use his superior talents."
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