Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Beware these “Gentlemen” of the press!

  • Genre: Drama
  • Release Date: 1957-07-04
  • User Rating: 7.6/10 from 471 ratings
  • Runtime: 1h 37min
  • Language: English
  • Production Company: Hecht-Hill-Lancaster Productions
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Director: Alexander Mackendrick
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From 471 Ratings


New York City newspaper writer J.J. Hunsecker holds considerable sway over public opinion with his Broadway column, but one thing that he can't control is his younger sister, Susan, who is in a relationship with aspiring jazz guitarist Steve Dallas. Hunsecker strongly disapproves of the romance and recruits publicist Sidney Falco to find a way to split the couple, no matter how ruthless the method.

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  • Tony Curtis

    as Sidney Falco
  • Burt Lancaster

    as J.J. Hunsecker
  • Susan Harrison

    as Susan Hunsecker
  • Martin Milner

    as Steve Dallas
  • Jeff Donnell

    as Sally
  • Sam Levene

    as Frank D' Angelo
  • Joe Frisco

    as Herbie Temple
  • Barbara Nichols

    as Rita
  • Emile Meyer

    as Lt. Harry Kello
  • Edith Atwater

    as Mary
  • Jay Adler

    as Manny Davis (uncredited)
  • Mary Bayless

    as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Nicky Blair

    as Toots Shor's Patron (uncredited)
  • Ralph Brooks

    as Patron at 21 (uncredited)
  • Brad Brown

    as Patron at 21 (uncredited)
  • Steve Carruthers

    as Patron at 21 (uncredited)
  • Robert Carson

    as Lou (Toots Shor's Headwaiter) (uncredited)
  • Lewis Charles

    as Al Evans (uncredited)
  • Dick Cherney

    as Toots Shor's Patron (uncredited)
  • Buddy Clark

    as Chico Hamilton Quintet Bassist (uncredited)
  • Paul Cristo

    as Toots Shor's Patron (uncredited)
  • Joe Di Reda

    as Toots Shor's Patron (uncredited)
  • Lawrence Dobkin

    as Leo Bartha (uncredited)
  • Tom Ferrandini

    as Patron at 21 (uncredited)
  • John Fiedler

    as Hot Dog Stand Counterman (uncredited)
  • Bess Flowers

    as Patron at 21 (uncredited)
  • William Forrest

    as Sen. Harvey Walker (uncredited)
  • Joseph Forte

    as Toots Shor's Waiter (uncredited)
  • Raoul Freeman

    as Waiter at 21 (uncredited)
  • Kay Garrett

    as Patron at 21 (uncredited)
  • Joe Gray

    as Patron at 21 (uncredited)
  • Marion Gray

    as Patron at 21 (uncredited)
  • Chico Hamilton

    as Chico Hamilton Quintet Drummer & Leader (uncredited)
  • James Hill

    as Man Outside Theatre (uncredited)
  • Paul Horn

    as Chico Hamilton Quintet Woodwind Player (uncredited)
  • Charles Jordan

    as Man at Hot Dog Stand (uncredited)
  • Fred Katz

    as Chico Hamilton Quintet Cellist (uncredited)
  • Colin Kenny

    as Patron at 21 (uncredited)
  • Joseph La Cava

    as Waiter at 21 (uncredited)
  • Mike Lally

    as Toots Shor's Patron (uncredited)
  • Joseph Leon

    as Joe Robard (uncredited)
  • King Lockwood

    as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Thomas Martin

    as Waiter at 21 (uncredited)
  • Hans Moebus

    as Patron at 21 (uncredited)
  • King Mojave

    as Waiter at 21 (uncredited)
  • Sol Murgi

    as Waiter (uncredited)
  • Forbes Murray

    as Toots Shor's Patron (uncredited)
  • George Nardelli

    as Waiter at 21 (uncredited)
  • William H. O'Brien

    as Waiter at 21 (uncredited)
  • Clifford Odets

    as Man Outside Theatre (uncredited)
  • Charles Perry

    as Stage Hand (uncredited)
  • Bill Raisch

    as Toots Shor's Patron (uncredited)
  • Waclaw Rekwart

    as Waiter at 21 (uncredited)
  • Edward Rickard

    as Bar Patron (uncredited)
  • Jane Ross

    as Woman (uncredited)
  • Autumn Russell

    as Linda James (uncredited)
  • Charles Sherlock

    as Toots Shor's Bartender (uncredited)
  • Carson Smith

    as Self (uncredited)
  • Queenie Smith

    as Mildred Tam (uncredited)
  • Bert Stevens

    as Patron at 21 (uncredited)
  • Arthur Tovey

    as Elysian Club Patron (uncredited)
  • James Turley

    as Check Man (uncredited)
  • Lurene Tuttle

    as Loretta Bartha (uncredited)
  • Harry Tyler

    as Coffee Shop Counter Man (uncredited)
  • Philip Van Zandt

    as Radio Program Director (uncredited)
  • George Washburn

    as Patron at 21 (uncredited)
  • David White

    as Otis Elwell (uncredited)
  • H.M. Wynant

    as Toots Shor's Patron (uncredited)
Directing Alexander Mackendrick Director
Writing Clifford Odets Screenplay
Writing Ernest Lehman Screenplay
Production James Hill Producer
Production Harold Hecht Executive Producer
Production Burt Lancaster Executive Producer
Sound Elmer Bernstein Original Music Composer
Camera James Wong Howe Director of Photography
Editing Alan Crosland, Jr. Editor
Art Edward Carrere Art Direction
Art Edward G. Boyle Set Decoration
Costume & Make-Up Mary Grant Costume Design
Costume & Make-Up Robert J. Schiffer Makeup Artist
Production Tony Curtis Executive Producer
Sound Robert G. Carlisle Sound Effects Editor
Writing Ernest Lehman Novel
Production Janet Leigh Executive Producer
Production Richard McWhorter Production Manager
Sound Jack Solomon Sound Recordist
Directing Richard Maybery Assistant Director
Lighting Homer Plannette Gaffer
Editing Alan Crosland, Jr. Editorial Coordinator