Sweet Smell Of Success – Criterion [DVD] (1957) *NEW*

Sweet Smell Of Success – Criterion [DVD] (1957) *NEW*


In the swift, cynical SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS, directed by Alexander Mackendrick (The Ladykillers), Burt Lancaster (Brute Force, The Leopard) stars as barbaric Broadway gossip columnist J. J. Hunsecker, and Tony Curtis (Some Like It Hot, Spartacus) as Sidney Falco, the unprincipled press agent he ropes into smearing the up-and-coming jazz musician romancing his beloved sister. Featuring deliciously unsavory dialogue in an acid, brilliantly structured script by Clifford Odets (Notorious, Bigger Than Life) and Ernest Lehman (North by Northwest, The Sound of Music) and noirish neon cityscapes from Oscar-winning cinematographer James Wong Howe (The Thin Man, Yankee Doodle Dandy), SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS is a cracklingly cruel dispatch from the kill-or-be-killed wilds of 1950s Manhattan.

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New York City newspaper writer J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) holds considerable sway over public opinion with his Broadway column, but one thing that he can't control is his younger sister, Susan (Susan Harrison), who is in a relationship with aspiring jazz guitarist Steve Dallas (Marty Milner). Hunsecker strongly disproves of the romance and recruits publicist Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) to find a way to split the couple, no matter how ruthless the method.

Sweet Smell of Success

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Directed by Alexander Mackendrick
Produced by James Hill
Screenplay by Clifford Odets
Ernest Lehman
Alexander Mackendrick (uncredited)
Based on Sweet Smell of Success
by Ernest Lehman
Starring Burt Lancaster
Tony Curtis
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography James Wong Howe
Edited by Alan Crosland Jr.
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • June¬†27,¬†1957
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3.4 million
Box office $2.25 million (US)

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Weight 0.9 lbs
Dimensions 5.3 × 0.5 × 7.3 in


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