Sweet Smell of Success

Sweet Smell of Success

Burt Lancaster
Director: Alexander MacKendrick Cast: Burt Lancaster
Burt Lancaster
, Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis
, Susan Harrison
Susan Harrison
Alexander MacKendrick

DVD (Wide Screen / Black & White / Mono)

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Overview

One of the best movies of the 1950s, Alexander Mackendrick's Sweet Smell of Success has gotten to DVD a lot faster than it got to laserdisc, as part of MGM's Vintage Classics series. That means a low list price but not much in the way of packaging -- artwork, a synopsis, a box, and that's it -- not even an insert listing the chapters. The film-to-video transfer is as crisp as the movie itself is piercing and disquieting in its action and its depiction of the vicious, petty underside of American popular culture of the 1950s. Every shot looks as sharp as a fine black-and-white still, and considering that the movie was shot on location in New York City, that makes this DVD almost as valuable as a travelogue of the city as it is as a drama. And the score, a mix of Elmer Bernstein jazz-based background music and material by the Chico Hamilton Quintet, fairly leaps out of the speakers on this digital remastering, which adds immeasurably to the experience; this was a deliberately aggressive score by Bernstein and company, and was meant to be perceived by the viewer. The chapter breakdown is adequate, and the menu is easy to maneuver around -- the only extra material included is the original trailer.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/19/2001
UPC: 0027616862969
Original Release: 1957
Rating: NR
Source: Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound: [monaural]
Time: 1:36:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: mono; French: mono; French and Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Burt Lancaster J.J. Hunsecker
Tony Curtis Sidney Falco
Susan Harrison Susan Hunsecker
Martin Milner Steve Dallas
Sam Levene Frank D'Angelo
Barbara Nichols Rita
Jeff Donnell Sally
Joseph Leon Robard
Edith Atwater Mary
Emile G. Meyer Harry Kello
Joe Frisco Herbie Temple
David White Otis Elwell
Lawrence Dobkin Leo Bartha
Lurene Tuttle Mrs. Bartha
Queenie Smith Mildred Tam
Autumn Russell Linda
Jay Adler Manny Davis
Lewis Charles Al Evans
Chico Hamilton Actor
Chico Hamilton Quintet Actor

Technical Credits
Alexander MacKendrick Director
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
Edward Carrere Art Director
Alan Crosland Editor
Mary Grant Costumes/Costume Designer
Chico Hamilton Songwriter
James Hill Producer
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
Fred Katz Songwriter
Ernest Lehman Screenwriter
Richard McWhorter Production Manager
Clifford Odets Screenwriter
Robert J. Schiffer Makeup
Jack Solomon Sound/Sound Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Credits/No Sympathy [7:15]
2. Forbidden Lovers [6:00]
3. An Avid Listener [5:13]
4. "Match Me, Sidney" [8:05]
5. "This Dirty Town" [4:58]
6. Unsubtle Blackmail [7:24]
7. Exchanging Favors [7:27]
8. A Real Smooth Talker [6:50]
9. Cleaning Up A Smear [2:52]
10. Big Bad Brother [5:01]
11. Jailer & Prisoner [10:47]
12. "I Won't Give You Up" [3:48]
13. The Planet & The Bust [3:41]
14. The Brick Of Death [4:41]
15. A Snake Gets Bitten [6:21]
16. Final Contempt [2:57]

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