Directed by Alexander Mackendrick
I was familiar with Mackendrick's so called comedies before this movie, but I had never seen any of his dramas. I was nervous about this movie because I hated his previous films. However, Mackendrick's inability to be funny actually came in handy with this movie, which was a very compelling drama.
This is one of those stories where every person is just awful. This is usually not my kind of thing; call me a sap but I like having a hero in the story.
Anyway, JJ Hunsecker blackmails a columnist into ruining his sister's fiancé. It is sort of like a Shakespearean tragedy in that there a lot of schemes and it the end everything goes to hell.
First of all, Burt Lancaster is freaking terrifying. He had the kind of look in this film that I associate with serial killers. Take a look:
So did I like it? Well, it was certainly entertaining and with stars like Tony Curtis and Burt Lancaster, you really cannot go wrong. Still, it was kind of disturbing and left a bad taste in my mouth. This is one that I might have to think about for a couple days and then come back to.
RATING: ***--(for now)
Hunsecker was based on Walter Winchell.
"I'd hate to take a bite out of you. You're a cookie full of arsenic." is ranked #99 in Premiere's Greatest Movie Lines of All Time.