Sweet Smell of Success
Cookie Full of Arsenic
Burt Lancaster plays a newspaper columnist who is based on Walter Winchell. Winchell was a powerful, vindictive dude, and Lancaster is deliciously evil here, going after the man his sister loves, because he can. Tony Curtis co-stars as a man doing Lancaster’s bidding to advance his own career. The film is based on Ernest Lehman’s novel, and the screenplay was co-written by Clifford Odets. The script is a strong point, as are Lancaster and Curtis’s performances. Enjoy the great jazz score, and get lost in the sleazy world of press agents and corrupt columnists.
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The Movie: review/commentary on a single classic film
Sweet Smell of Success (1957), trailer
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On disc: Blu-ray
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Next time, we’ll watch
Kiss Me Kate (1953)