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.

SIDNEY:

(interrupting, sharply)

It isn't. I've just seen the early

edition.

SALLY:

But...

SIDNEY:

But what?

SALLY:

That makes five days in a row that

Mr. Hunsecker's cut you out of his

column.

SIDNEY:

May I rent you out as an adding

machine.

He has begun to change his clothes.

SIDNEY:

Get me Joe Robard.

Sally goes back into the outer room.

SIDNEY:

Who else phoned?

SALLY:

The renting agent and the tailor.

SIDNEY:

Pay the rent. Let the tailor wait.

SALLY:

It won't leave much of a balance in

the bank...

(to phone)

Mr. Robard? Could you locate him?

Sidney, in a state of semi-undress, comes to take the phone

from her.

SIDNEY:

(gloomily)

Watch me run a fifty yard dash with

my legs cut off!

Very abruptly, he comes alive on the phone. A real laughing

boy.

SIDNEY:

(effusively)

Sidney, Joe. How do you like it?

I'm running out of alibis! No, I

asked Hunsecker to withhold the

item, until he could give it a

fine, fat paragraph. The column

was running over and I didn't want

you kissed off with just a line...

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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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