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 (bĕnch′lē), Robert Charles 1889-1945.
American humorist, critic, and actor whose works, including the film How to Sleep (1935) and the book My Ten Years in a Quandary (1936), often pitted an average American against the complexities of modern life.
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(ˈbɛntʃ li)

Robert (Charles), 1889–1945, U.S. humorist.
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"I have kleptomania, but when it gets bad, I take something for it." - Robert Benchley.
In 1912, as New York reels from the news of the Titanic disaster, ladies' maid Jane Prescott travels to Long Island with the Benchley family.
* "A dog teaches a boy fidelity, perseverance, and to turn around three times before lying down." 6 Robert Benchley
CHENNAI: It seems that "Jaws," Steven Spielberg's classic 1975 movie adapted from Peter Benchley's novel, can never be dislodged from its high pedestal of sheer suspense and moments of terror.
* First place, 3-D: "Silent Hunter" by John Benchley of Elgin;
Nathaniel Benchley's Red Fox and His Canoe introduces Red Fox, a small boy, and his dad.
Another equally mischievous prankster from the literary world was Robert Benchley, author of many books, including My Ten Years in a Quandary.
Directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley's 1974 novel, the film is about the almost unbearably tense search for a great white shark swimme waw preying on swimmers in American waters.
Scott Fitzgerald, Robert Benchley, and Dorothy Parker.
The researchers named the new species Etmopterus benchleyi, after Peter Benchley, the author of the book Jaws" and co-author of its 1975 film adaptation.
The result was The Deep - like its blockbusting predecessor based on a novel by Peter Benchley.