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Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Not Rated | | Drama, Film-Noir | 4 July 1957 (USA)
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Powerful but unethical Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker coerces unscrupulous press agent Sidney Falco into breaking up his sister's romance with a jazz musician.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Susan Harrison ...
Susan Hunsecker
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Steve Dallas (as Marty Milner)
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Sally
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Frank D' Angelo
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Herbie Temple
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Rita
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Lt. Harry Kello
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Mary
The Chico Hamilton Quintet ...
The Chico Hamilton Quintet
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J.J. Hunsecker, the most powerful newspaper columnist in New York, is determined to prevent his sister from marrying Steve Dallas, a jazz musician. He therefore covertly employs Sidney Falco, a sleazy and unscrupulous press agent, to break up the affair by any means possible. Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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They know him - and they shiver - the big names of Broadway, Hollywood and Capitol Hill. They know J.J.- the world-famed columnist whose gossip is gospel to sixty million readers! They know the venom that flickers in those eyes behind the glasses - and they fawn - like Sid Falco, the kid who wanted "in" so much, he'd sell out his own girl to stand up there with J.J., sucking in the sweet smell of success! This is J.J.'s story - but not the way he would have liked it told! See more »

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Drama | Film-Noir

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 July 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dein Schicksal in meiner Hand  »

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$2,600,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In the first few minutes of the film, Falco grabs a newspaper, and steps into a snack bar. The clerk working behind the counter is played by John Fiedler (uncredited). Fiedler went to several roles in film and on Broadway. See more »

Goofs

In first scene in Sidney's office, secretary picks up a stack of magazines and newspapers, that change position and height of stack from shot to shot. See more »

Quotes

Otis Elwell: I can't think of a good reason why I should print anything you give me. I can't even think of a *bad* reason.
Sidney Falco: [eyeing a pin-up] Suppose I introduce you to a... a lovely reason... who's both good *and* bad... and available?
Otis Elwell: [pauses] I'm not an unreasonable man.
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The sharpest ever dissection of the lure of fame.
24 January 1999 | by (Dublin Ireland) – See all my reviews

There are many unbeatable things about this splendid film, but more than anything else there is the dialogue - dialogue as sharp as the suits and as bleak as the slate grey cinematography. Lancaster and Curtis have never been better and the American fim industry never produced a more enjoyably bitter film.


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