Sweet Smell of Success Overview:

Sweet Smell of Success (1957) was a Drama - Film Noir Film directed by Alexander Mackendrick and produced by Tony Curtis, Harold Hecht, Burt Lancaster and James Hill.

Sweet Smell of Success was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1993.

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The Sweet Smell of Success: The Cat's in the Bag and the Bag's in the River

By FlickChick on Nov 19, 2023 From A Person in the Dark

My local library is kind enough to indulge my desire to share my passion for classic film by allowing me to show a classic film once a month. And once in a while, a few film fans wander in and share the enjoyment. November's Film: The Sweet Smell of Success1957's "The Sweet Smell of Success" is a gl... Read full article


Day 2 of Noirvember: Top Five Reasons Why I Love Sweet Smell of Success

By shadowsandsatin on Nov 2, 2019 From Shadows and Satin

For my money, one of noir?s most riveting films is the 1957 noir Sweet Smell of Success. Like all of my favorite noirs, I?ve seen this one numerous times, but every viewing is just as good as the last, and I simply can?t get enough of it. This first-rate feature stars Burt Lancaster as powerful goss... Read full article


Unsavory Duos: J.J. Hunsecker and Sidney Falco in Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

By shadowsandsatin on Jun 22, 2017 From Shadows and Satin

Brimming with repellent characters, Sweet Smell of Success, released in 1957 by United Artists, centers primarily on two: powerful Broadway columnist J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) and self-serving press agent Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis). The film?s rather straightforward plot, in a nutshell, concer... Read full article


My top 7 favorite quotes from Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

By Carol Martinheira on Apr 27, 2017 From The Old Hollywood Garden

My top 7 favorite quotes from Sweet Smell of Success (1957) On April 27, 2017 By CarolIn Uncategorized J. J.?Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) is a newspaper columnist and the most powerful man in New York City. Whatever he says, goes. And right now, he wants to break up his ... Read full article


1001 Classic Movies: Sweet Smell of Success

By Amanda Garrett on Sep 19, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Sweet Smell of Success (1957), starring Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster, is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go here). This year's best pict... Read full article


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Quotes from

Sidney Falco: I am tasting my favorite new perfume - success!


Mary: If it's true, J.J.'s gonna hit the ceiling.
Sidney Falco: Can it be news to you that J.J.'s ceiling needs a new plaster job every six weeks?


J.J. Hunsecker: How do you spell Picasso, the French painter?
[Taps out three letters on his manual typewriter upon hearing Sidney's response]
J.J. Hunsecker: It's an item - I hear he goes out with three-eyed girls.


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Facts about

Hunsecker's apartment building is actually the show-business office tower at 1619 Broadway, also known as the Brill Bldg., a famous part of Tin Pan Alley.
The narc in the film, Lt Harry Kello, is based on NYPD detective Eddie Egan, immortalized by Gene Hackman as 'Popeye' Doyle in The French Connection.
One of the musical refrains that is repeated throughout the film was used nearly note for note in Boogie Nights.
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Sweet Smell of Success

Released 1957
Inducted 1993
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