Sweet Smell of Success
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Sweet Smell of Success by Clifford Odets
Book DescriptionThe screenplay of the 1950s film, Sweet Smell of Success, which starred Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster. Written by Ernest Lehman (North by Northwest and The Sound of Music) and the leftist playwright Clifford Odets, it is a vicious dissection of the world of public relations and journalism.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780571194100
(216mm x 131mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publish Date: 3-Aug-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Clifford Odets
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US Kirkus Review » Before his fame as a screenwriter (North by Northwest, The Sound of Music, West Side Story, Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, etc.), Lehman wrote short stories, the most famous of which, Tell Me About It Tomorrow, became the hugely atmospheric, sleazy film classic Sweet Smell of Success (1957), whose totally artificial but fabulously acidic dialogue was boosted by co-screenwriter Clifford Odetss razory cynicism. (The flick still holds up.) No pedigrees for the 13 stories in this sheaf are given, at least not in the galley. In its day Lehmans story The Comedian was probably his second most well-known work, telling as it does of grotesquely unsympathetic Sammy Hogarth, the nations more beloved TV comic, whose new show is so hot that its about to open on three networks at once, to the biggest audience ever. But a banana peel awaits the funnyman: his own character flaw. The other 11 stories also pull down the pants of Broadway and show biz. Siddown. Listen to these. They are not Lindys cheesecake or long on kisses and schmaltz. But if you like prose pale as a sharks belly, they do just fine. (Kirkus Reviews)
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