Tony Curtis has died at age 85, and while most, we suspect, who look back at his career over the next couple of days will focus on Some Like It Hot, an undeniably worthy effort, for us, the high point of Curtis’s career was Sweet Smell of Success.
Sweet Smell of Success remains one of our favorite pictures for its razor-sharp dialogue and period location shots of New York City. We especially love the glimpses inside the 21 Club and Toots Shor’s. If Curtis had achieved nothing more in his career than portraying Sweet Smell‘s Sidney Falco opposite Burt Lancaster as J.J. Hunsecker, he’d have done okay, in our book.
Rest in peace, Mr. Curtis.