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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Story Pitching

Ben Hecht walked into a restaurant rest room and found Sam Goldwyn standing at an urinal. Ben stood at the next urinal and pitched Sam a story. Goldwyn had prostrate problems, so Ben had a long time to pitch. When Sam finally shook off, he told Ben he'd buy it for $ 125,000. Young screenwriters who try to catch Steven Spielberg at a restaurant's urinal should keep in mind though that Ben Hecht was Hollywood's number one scribe at his time. He could have sold any story anywhere. He probably made up this one, too. Anyway, it's a nice little a anecdote, isn't it.

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