Ben Hecht (1893–1964), U.S. journalist, author, screenwriter. "What the Movies Are," bk. 5, A Child of the Century (1954).
"Movies are one of the bad habits that corrupted our century," wrote Hecht (who enjoyed a profitable career as a Hollywood screenwriter). "Of their many sins, I offer as the worst their effect on the intellectual side of the nation. It is chiefly from that viewpoint I write of them—as an eruption of trash that has lamed the American mind and retarded Americans from becoming a cultured people."