Sweet Smell of Success script
Synopsis: 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.

CLOSE UP OF SIDNEY

His face is sullen as his eyes run rapidly down the column.

He is reacting to a not unexpected disappointment.

EXT. SIDNEY'S APARTMENT - BROADWAY - NIGHT

CAMERA SHOOTS WEST on 46th Street, as Sidney comes down the

side street from the newsstand in background. Irritably, he

jerks open the door of a shabby entrance. As the glass door

closes, Sidney is seen striding up the stairs.

FIRST FLOOR - OUTSIDE SIDNEY'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

Beside the top of the stairs is the door to Sidney's office.

On it there is a cheaply printed cardboard sign which reads:

SIDNEY FALCO:

Publicity

From inside comes the sound of desultory typing. Sidney

comes up the stairs two at a time and turns into the door.

INT. SIDNEY'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

SALLY is on the phone as Sidney strides in.

SALLY:

Just a minute, Mr. Weldon. I

think...

Sidney vigorously indicates that he doesn't want to take the

call.

SALLY:

(to phone)

I'm sorry. I thought that was Mr.

Falco returning. Yes, I'll tell

him when he comes in. I know he's

been trying to reach you.

She hangs up.

SALLY:

That's the third time he's called

today.

SIDNEY:

He wants me to break a leg?

SALLY:

(literally)

No, an arm, he said.

(then)

I told him you were sure the item

would be in Mr. Hunsecker's column

in tomorrow's...

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Ernest Lehman

Ernest Paul Lehman was an American screenwriter. He received six Academy Award nominations during his career, without a single win. more…

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