• Director

    Alexander Mackendrick

  • With

    Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison, Sam Levene

  • USA 1957. 97min

  • Digital

  • Certificate

    PG

With a memorably acerbic script by Clifford Odets and Ernest Lehman and glistening noir camerawork by James Wong Howe, Mackendrick’s account of the fraught relationship between an egotistical New York columnist (Lancaster) and the ambitious hustler (Curtis) who obeys his every bullying command is a masterly study of the contagiously corrupting abuse of power. The two leads were seldom if ever better.