Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success is a 1957 American film noir drama film directed by Alexander Mackendrick, starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, and Martin Milner, and written by Clifford Odets, Ernest Lehman, and Mackendrick from the novelette by Lehman. The shadowy noir cinematography filmed on location in New York City was shot by James Wong Howe. The picture was produced by James Hill of Hecht-Hill-Lancaster Productions and released by United Artists. The supporting cast features Sam Levene, Barbara Nichols, Joe Frisco, Edith Atwater, David White and Emile Meyer. The musical score was arranged and conducted by Elmer Bernstein and the film also features jazz performances by the Chico Hamilton Quintet. Mary Grant designed the costumes.


Morally bankrupt Manhattan press agent Sidney Falco is a frustrated minor player who, of late, has been unable to gain mentions for his clients in J.J. Hunsecker's influential, nationally syndicated newspaper column because of his failure to make good on a promise. Hunsecker is somewhat too fond and protective of his younger sister Susan, and has demanded that Falco break up the romance between Susan and musician Steve Dallas, an up-and-coming jazz guitarist.