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Alexander Mackendrick

Sweet Smell of Success

96' - 1957 - Drama - Dialogue: Spanish, Italian, English
Director: Alexander Mackendrick Composer: Elmer Bernstein With: Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison
J.J. Hunsecker, an influential New York columnist, triest to break up his sister Susan's romance with Steve Dallas, a musician. He gains the help of Sidney Falco, a press agant who needs access to Hunsecker's column. Falco bribes another columnist to smear Dallas as a dope addict and communist. Later, Hunsecker instructs Falco to plant marijuana on Dallas and have him picked up by the police. Susan is save from suicide by Falco but Hunsecker misinterprets the situation and beats him up. Falco tells Susan of her brother's role in the plot and Hunsecker informs the police of Falco's planting the dope.

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Alexander Mackendrick


Elmer Bernstein


Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison


Alexander Mackendrick, Clifford Odets, Ernest Lehman

Director of Photography

James Wong Howe


James Hill

More information


Spanish, Italian, English

Countries of production

United States of America

Screenplay based on

"Sweet Smell of Success" (Ernest Lehman)



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