The Sweet Smell of Success (1957). A sleazy PR man will do anything to get his clients mentioned in the column of a powerful journalist. To achieve this gain he tries to help the columnist break up the latter's younger sister's relationship with a jazz musician, something the overprotective columnist does not approve of.
Ernest Lehman (novel)
Clifford Odets (writer
Burt Lancaster... J.J. Hunsecker
Tony Curtis... Sidney Falco
Susan Harrison... Susan Hunsecker
Martin Milner... Steve Dallas (as Marty Milner)
Sam Levene... Frank D' Angelo
Barbara Nichols... Rita
Jeff Donnell... Sally
Joe Frisco... Herbie Temple
Emile Meyer... Lt. Harry Kello
Edith Atwater... Mary
The Chico Hamilton Quintet... Themselves
- Orson Welles was initially suggested for the role of J.J. Hunsecker.