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Sweet Smell of Success 1957

The almighty J.J. ...the columnist with sixty million believers ...his wrath is feared by the great and near great who worship the sweet smell of success!
New York City newspaper writer J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster) holds considerable sway over public opinion with his Broadway column, but one thing that he can't control is his younger sister, Susan (Susan Harrison), who is in a relationship with aspiring jazz guitarist Steve Dallas (Marty Milner). Hunsecker strongly disproves of the romance and recruits publicist Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis) to find a way to split the couple, no matter how ruthless the method.


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Got the Criterion blu-ray of this without seeing it, I just loved the cover design so much. Turns out it was a good investment because this movie was pretty great.

The cinematography is striking and beautiful. But what really takes the cake is the dialog. Every line is great but here are a few of my favorites:

"Cats in the bag and the bag's in the river"

"I'd hate to take a bite out of you. You're a cookie full of arsenic."

"Susie, that fish is four days old. I'm not buyin'."

Great! That first line is also the name of two episodes of Breaking Bad. Pumped now that I get the ref.

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