"I'd hate to take a bite outta you. You're a cookie full of arsenic." "Sweet Smell of Success" is a 1957 American film noir made by Hecht-Hill-Lancaster Productions and released by United Artists. It was directed by Alexander Mackendrick and stars Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis, Susan Harrison and Martin Milner. A preview screening of the film was poorly received, as Tony Curtis fans were expecting him to play one of his typical nice guy roles.