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"Sweet Smell of Success" Dialogue Question

Discussion in 'The Moving Picture' started by Nathan Dodge, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. Nathan Dodge

    Nathan Dodge One Too Many

    Even though I've seen the 1957 Burt Lancaster-Tony Curtis movie, Sweet Smell of Success (1957) dozens of times and pretty much know it by heart, there's one line of dialogue I've never completely understood.

    In J.J. Hunsecker's secretary's office, Sidney Falco (Curtis) gets to read Hunsecker's column before it goes to print. After this great stroke of good fortune, Sidney, thrilled to have been able to see the column ahead of time, asks Mary, the secretary: "What's your favorite ribbon to go around your favorite chocolates?"

    Is Falco's line of dialogue just another brief insight into the oily Sidney Falco courtesy of Odets and Lehman, or was there in fact a ribbon to represent a specific quality, size, or brand of chocolates?
  2. Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange My Mail is Forwarded Here

    I think he's just promising to buy her a box of chocolates for letting him read the column, and asking how she wants the box gift-wrapped. I suspect you're reading too much into it!
  3. Nathan Dodge

    Nathan Dodge One Too Many

    Of course I am, Master of the Mystic Arts! :)

    That's what I initially believed; that it was a way of letting her know he was buying her chocolates.
  4. Doctor Strange

    Doctor Strange My Mail is Forwarded Here

    Well, it's a bribe, or at least a tit-for-tat recompense - which is pretty much Sidney's MO, right?

    Great flick, though I've only watched it about three times over the last forty-plus years, so I can't claim your level of study!

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