Sweet Smell of Success Review
By Christopher Null
Astonishingly good look at a thinly-veiled Walter Winchell, the New York gossip columnist who reigned with terror as one of the most influential writers of his time. Lancaster burns up the screen as J.J. Hunsecker, who enlists Curtis's Sidney Falco to break up his sister's happy relationship with a musician. Cruel and unflinching, this movie is partially responsible for bringing Winchell's career down. Excellent cinematography, acting, dialogue, and scoring -- a must see.
Facts and Figures
In Theaters: Thursday 27th June 1957
Distributed by: United Artists
Production compaines: Hecht-Hill-Lancaster Productions
Rotten Tomatoes: 98%
Fresh: 45 Rotten: 1
Cast & Crew
Starring: Burt Lancaster as J.J. Hunsecker, Tony Curtis as Sidney Falco, Susan Harrison as Susan Hunsecker, Martin Milner as Steve Dallas, Sam Levene as Frank D' Angelo, Barbara Nichols as Rita, Jeff Donnell as Sally, Edith Atwater as Mary, Joe Frisco as Herbie Temple, Emile Meyer as Lt. Harry Kello, Bess Flowers as Patron at '21'