Sweet Smell of Success (1957) Poster


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Oklahoma! (1955)
partial title on billboard during opening credits
Seven Wonders of the World (1956)
Appears on marquee in Times Square
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
on marquee in opening credits
The Mountain (1956)
It's advertised on a Times Square theater marquee in the opening credits.
The Amazon Trader (1956) (Short)
on marquee in opening credits

Referenced in 

The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: The Sweet Success of Smell (1962) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Mad Max (1979)
Diner (1982)
A minor character in the film does nothing but repeats lines from this film.
Are You Being Served?: The Sweet Smell of Success (1983) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
At the Movies: Wall Street/Throw Momma from the Train/Broadcast News/Empire of the Sun (1987) (TV Episode)
Referenced during the "Wall Street" review.
Birds of a Feather: Sweet Smell of Success (1990) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Matlock: The Critic (1991) (TV Episode)
The play's press agent is named Sidney Falco. This was also the name of the press agent played by Tony Curtis in Sweet Smell of Success.
Century of Cinema: A Personal History of British Cinema by Stephen Frears (1995) (TV Episode)
Mentioned during the conversation with Alexander Mackendrick.
Cop Land (1997)
Harvey Keitel's line about Murray sweating too much is a direct Mangold l'homage by James Mangold.
Boogie Nights (1997)
One of the musical refrains that is continually repeated throughout 'Sweet Smell of Success' is heard nearly note for note in Boogie Nights.
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch: What Price Harvey? (1999) (TV Episode)
After pouring the cologne on Harvey, Sabrina says: "Ah, the sweet stench of success."
It's Like, You Know...: The Sweet Smell of Success (1999) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Norm: Norm vs. Fear (2000) (TV Episode)
"You're a cookie full of arsenic"
Circus (2000)
Leo (John Hannah) mentions how difficult it is to get hold of this movie.
Cinemania (2002)
Phone Booth (2002)
A Dying Breed: The Making of 'The Leopard' (2004) (Video)
mentioned once
Film Geek (2005)
Scotty mentions it.
The Suite Life of Zack & Cody: The Suite Smell of Excess (2006) (TV Episode)
The title of this episode is an allusion to the 1957 film noir.
Pushing Daisies: Smell of Success (2007) (TV Episode)
Title reference.
Breaking Bad: Cat's in the Bag... (2008) (TV Episode)
Episode title is part of a quote from the film
Breaking Bad: ...And the Bag's in the River (2008) (TV Episode)
Episode title is part of a quote from the film
Law & Order: Criminal Intent: Contract (2008) (TV Episode)
Investigating the death of a gossip columnist, Logan compares the victim to Burt Lancaster's character in "Sweet Smell of Success" and does a lusty rendition of the line "I love this dirty town."
Stiller & Meara: Obituaries (2010) (TV Episode)
Anne and Jerry comment on the passing of Tony Curtis.
L.A. Noire (2011) (Video Game)
One of the 50 gold film reels you can find.
The Simpsons: Moonshine River (2012) (TV Episode)
mentioned in dialogue
The Newsroom: Election Night: Part II (2013) (TV Episode)
A character name, Sydney Falco, is mentioned in a dialog and a poster for that movie is seen.
Breaking Bad: Felina (2013) (TV Episode)
As Elliott and Gretchen Schwartz enter their home, Gretchen mentions 21 Club and alludes to the fact that Sweet Smell of Success was filmed there, mentioning the movie by name.
The Story of the Swimmer (2014) (Video)
mentioned once
RuPaul's Drag Race: Glitter Ball (2014) (TV Episode)
Referenced by RuPaul.
Film 2017: Episode #44.1 (2015) (TV Episode)
Mentioned by Danny Leigh when reviewing Whiplash (2014)
96 Souls (2016)
When Dr. Sutree realizes the size of his discovery he reacts by stating, "The cat's in the bag but it appears the bag may be too small," a twist on how Sidney Falco confirms a gossip hit to J.J. Hunsecker by telling him, "The cat's in the bag and the bag's in the river."

Featured in 

Mackendrick: The Man Who Walked Away (1986) (TV Movie)
Clips shown
Words (1987) (Short)
Clips shown
Rain Man (1988)
Visions of Light (1992)
Footage of this movie is shown.
Century of Cinema: A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995) (TV Episode)
Lancaster calls out politician in nightcub with veiled threat.
Free Enterprise (1998)
On television at Mark's house.
New York at the Movies (2002) (TV Movie)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes & Villains (2003) (TV Special)
J.J. Hunsecker is the #35 villain.
The Rules of Film Noir (2009) (TV Movie)
Clips shown and discussed
TCM Guest Programmer: U.S. Critics (2010) (TV Episode)
One of the films selected by the co-host
Gabler on Winchell (2011) (Video)
Clips shown & discussed.
James Mangold on Alexander Mackendrick (2011) (Video)
Clips shown & discussed.
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (2011) (TV Special)
"In Memoriam" tribute to Tony Curtis.
Maltin on Movies: Battle: Los Angeles (2011) (TV Episode)
Movie reviewed in this episode.
TCM Guest Programmer: Ron Perlman (2011) (TV Episode)
One of the films selected by the co-host
Atop the Fourth Wall: Mr. T #2 (2012) (TV Episode)
recalls this film after a character in the comic makes an obscure reference to Burt Lancaster.
Life Itself (2014)
Footage shown.
1,001 Movies You Must See (Before You Die) (2014) (Short)
Clip is presented
One Rogue Reporter (2014)
Clip shown of Tony Curtis.
De Palma (2015)
Clip shown.

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