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Sweet Smell Of Success

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.

Release Date

July 4, 1957

Running Time

96 minutes

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Burt Lancaster

Burt Lancaster

Tony Curtis

Tony Curtis


Director Alexander Mackendrick

Screenplay Clifford Odets, Ernest Lehman

Producer James Hill

Cinematography James Wong Howe

Editing Alan Crosland Jr.

Music Elmer Bernstein

Distributor United Artists

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