Tony Curtis (Sidney Falco), Burt Lancaster (J.J.
Hunsacker), Susan Harrison (Susan Hunsacker), Martin Milner (Steve Dallas), Sam Levene (Frank D'Angelo), Barbara Nichols (Rita)
The ugly side of journalism uncovers its belly in this bitter
drama from the 1950's, expertly penned by Ernest Lehman and Clifford Odets.
Burt Lancaster received top billing as the bigger name at the
time of production, but Tony Curtis takes the lead as Sidney Falco, a sleazy publicist who digs up the dirt for equally sleazy publisher, J.J. Hunsacker (said to based on real life gossip
columnist, Walter Winchell).
The latest scandal in town concerns Hunsacker's sister, Susan
and a jazz musician who she is dating, but it's all manipulated by J.J. Hunsacker & Sidney Falco who both have different reasons in succeeding in their relationship to break up.
Tony Curtis is perfectly vile as the sleazebag reporter and
Burt Lancaster steals every scene he's in as the Machiavellian J.J. Hunsacker.
The screenplay is perfectly packed with some superb dialogue
and Elmer Bernstein's jazzy score compliments James Wong Howe's cinematography brilliantly.
One of the ten best films of 1957, a year which gave us an
embarrassment of riches as far as cinema is concerned.