Sweet Smell of Success
Director: Alexander Mackendrick Run Time: 97 min. Format: DCP Release Year: 1957
Starring: Burt Lancaster, Jeff Donnell, Martin Milner, Susan Harrison, Tony Curtis
Screenwriters: Ernest Lehman, Clifford Odets
Producer: James Hill
Furiously witty and filled with scandal, gossip, forbidden love, gorgeous black & white cinematography, and a cacophonous jazz soundtrack, Sweet Smell of Success is a Film Noir like no other. New York City newspaper writer J.J. Hunsecker holds considerable sway over public opinion with his Broadway column, but one thing that he can’t control is his younger sister, Susan, who is in a relationship with aspiring jazz guitarist Steve Dallas. Hunsecker strongly disapproves of the romance and recruits publicist Sidney Falco to find a way to split the couple, no matter how ruthless the method. Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis star in this classic of poison power trips.