Sweet Smell of Success
Sweet Smell of Success is a 1957 film which tells the story of a powerful newspaper columnist who uses his connections to ruin his sister's relationship with a man he deems inappropriate. It stars Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, and Susan Harrison.
- Holding an unlit cigarette
Match me, Sidney.
- Put on the mask and dance for daddy!
- You're dead, son. Get yourself buried.
- Everybody knows Manny Davis - except Mrs. Manny Davis.
- President? My big toe would make a better President!
- My right hand hasn't seen my left hand in thirty years.
- I love this dirty town.
- Son, I don't relish shooting a mosquito with an elephant gun, so why don't you just shuffle along?
- I'd hate to take a bite outta you. You're a cookie full of arsenic.
- Well son, it looks like we have to call this game on account of darkness.
- Don't remove the gangplank, Sidney - you may wanna get back onboard.
- Watch me run a 50-yard dash with my legs cut off!
- Maybe I left my sense of humor in my other suit.
- The cat's in the bag and the bag's in the river.
- Someday I'd like to look into your clever little mind and see what you're really thinking.
- The next time you want information, don't scratch for it like a dog, ask for it like a man!
- It's a dirty job, but I pay clean money for it.
- Mr. Hunsecker, you've got more twists than a barrel of pretzels!
- Sally: But Sidney, you make a living. Where do you want to get?
- Sidney Falco: Way up high, Sam, where it's always balmy. Where no one snaps his fingers and says, "Hey, Shrimp, rack the balls!" Or, "Hey, mouse, mouse, go out and buy me a pack of butts." I don't want tips from the kitty. I'm in the big game with the big players... In brief, from now on, the best of everything is good enough for me.
- Sidney Falco: Sure, the columnists can't do without us, except our good and great friend J.J. forgets to mention that. You see, we furnish him with items.
- J.J. Hunsecker: What, some cheap, gruesome gags?
- Sidney Falco: You print 'em, don't ya?
- J.J. Hunsecker: Yes, with your clients' names attached. That's the only reason the poor slobs pay you - to see their names in my column all over the world. Now, I make it out, you're doing *me* a favor?... The day I can't get along without a press agents' handouts, I'll close up shop and move to Alaska, lock, stock, and barrel.
- Burt Lancaster - J.J. Hunsecker
- Tony Curtis - Sidney Falco
- Susan Harrison - Susan Hunsecker
- Martin Milner - Steve Dallas