in about 100 words or less
US 96m, B&W
Director: Alexander Mackendrick; Cast: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Martin Milner
J. J. Hunsecker is a powerful New York columnist who buys his friends and makes enemies of everyone else. As an over-protective older brother, Hunsecker employs an aspiring press agent Sidney Falco to sabotage his younger sister’s relationship with a jazz musician. A smart and stylishly filmed drama, the Sweet Smell of Success delivers first-rate performances from both Lancaster and Curtis who shine in this expertly scripted and tightly directed story (Klaus Ming March 2015).