Sweet Smell of Success (1957)


sweet smell of success“The next time you want information, don’t scratch for it like a dog, ask for it like a man! ” – Steve

Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 Nov 2015)

Brief Synopsis – A press agent must do what an influential NYC columnist requests of him in order to try and stay on top

My Take on it –I had never even heard of this movie until David of That Moment In and Nelson of Film Munch discussed it last week in one of their weekly podcasts.

I didn’t grow up in the 1950’s with influential and important news columnists setting the tone for the time every night.

Instead I was brought up during the 80’s when everyone loved to read the gossip columns of magazines like the Enquirer and The Star.

Most people knew that most of the articles in those magazines were not real, but many of the columns written about celebrities had at least some semblance of truth in them.

The 90’s saw a huge rise in paparazzi which gave even more credence to the gossip and private lives of celebrities.

Now, the Internet has taken over for all of those other mediums and it is clear now how powerful written words can be because anyone and everyone around the world is free to give their opinion or tell their own stories however they see fit.

It’s actually quite ironic how a movie that was made in 1957 can be even more poignant and powerful today than it was 58 years ago.

Burt Lancaster and Tony Curtis are both great here but the best part of this movie is the witty dialogue written by Ernest Lehman.

The old adage that the pen is mightier than the sword is really true especially when looking thru the eyes of this film.

Bottom Line – Very interesting premise that in some ways is even more relevant now than it was nearly 60 years ago when it was released. Curtis and Lancaster are both very good here.  Unbelievably great dialogue. The power of pen really might be mightier than the sword. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Burt Lancaster’ blamed Ernest Lehman’s withdrawal due to illness for the film’s box-office failure. At the after party for the premiere, Lancaster threatened to beat Lehman up. The witty scribe replied, “Go ahead, I need the money.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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One thought on “Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

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