Unwanted Image #7

An excised scene from Sweet Smell of Success
(Alexander Mackendrick; 1957)


Rob said...

A cookie full of arsenic. One of my favorite lines.


Tom Sutpen said...

My favorite line (and it's partly because of the way Lancaster delivers it) is:

"Harvey, I often wish I were deaf and wore a hearing aid. With the flick of a switch I could shut out the greedy murmur of little men."

And the way he says a simple line like "Mack, I don't want this man at my table" just after that simply nails it well and truly.

Some people complained that Lancaster was miscast as J.J. Hunsecker because he didn't look like a B'way columnist (translation: he didn't look like Winchell), but he sinks into every single line he has in that film so beautifully that that if it's miscating at al (I question that seriously), it's the most fortuitous miscasting there's ever been.