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Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Last Updated: Nov 2010

J.J. Hunsceker (Burt Lancaster), is a tyrannical Broadway columnist for the New York Globe who rules his demimonde with the press's power to create or destroy. Sidney Falco (Tony Curtis), is the hustling publicist who is consumed by desperate ambition and hates himself because of it; he will do anything to gain the admiration of Hunsceker

Hunsecker's Apartment, 1619 Broadway and West 49th Street, Manhattan.


21 Club, 21 West 52nd Street (btw 5th and 6th Avenue) Manhattan.

21 Club

The 21 Club is a restaurant and former prohibition-era speakeasy, located at 21 West 52nd Street in New York City. The first version of the club opened in Greenwich Village in 1922, run by cousins Jack Kreindler and Charlie Berns. It was originally a small speakeasy known as the Red Head. In 1925 the location was moved to a basement on Washington Place and its name was changed to the Fronton. The following year it moved uptown to West 49th Street, changed its name to the Puncheon Club, and became much more exclusive. In 1929, to make way for the construction of Rockefeller Center, the club moved to its current location and changed its name to "Jack and Charlie's 21".

Although raided by police numerous times during Prohibition, the two were never caught. As soon as a raid began, a system of levers was used to tip the shelves of the bar, sweeping the liquor bottles through a chute and into the city's sewers.[4] The bar also included a secret wine cellar, which was accessed through a hidden door in a brick wall which opened into the basement of the building next door (number 19). Though still used as a wine cellar today, part of the vault has been remodeled to allow a party of up to 20 guests to dine in private. 21 also stores the private wine collections of such celebrities as Presidents Gerald Ford, John F. Kennedy, and Richard Nixon, Elizabeth Taylor, Hugh Carey, Ernest Hemingway, Ivan Boesky, The Nordstrom Sisters, Frank Sinatra, Al Jolson, Gloria Vanderbilt, Sophia Loren, Mae West, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Aristotle Onassis, Gene Kelly, Gloria Swanson, Judy Garland, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Marilyn Monroe. Every President since Franklin Delano Roosevelt (except for George W. Bush) has dined at 21, and the restaurant has been frequented by so many celebrities that many of them have favorite tables.

Several films have featured the club including One Fine Day when Michelle Pfeiffer's character has drinks with clients in the lounge. Sex and the City when Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth dine in the Bar Room. Two for the Money with Al Pacino and Matthew McConaughey discuss business on their way inside. In Manhattan Murder Mystery, Carol played by Diane Keaton makes a startling discovery while sitting by the bay window of the 21 Club and in Live and Let Die when James Bond played by Roger Moore boards the train with Ms. Solitaire, and tells U.S. CIA agent Felix that he will meet him at 21 club.


Toots Shor Restaurant, 51 West 51st Street, Manhattan.

Toots Shor's Restaurant

Toots Shor's Restaurant was a restaurant and lounge owned and operated by Bernard "Toots" Shor at 51 West 51st Street in Manhattan during the 1940s and 1950s. Its oversized circular bar was a New York landmark. It was frequented by celebrities and together with the 21 Club, the Stork Club and El Morocco was one of the places to see and be seen. Joe DiMaggio often went there to eat, and that helped make it famous. Toots was said to do personal favors for Joe as well, at no cost. Famous guests included Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Orson Welles, Yogi Berra and Ernest Hemingway.

In 1971 authorities padlocked the doors of the 52nd Street restaurant for nonpayment of federal, state, and local taxes totaling $269,516. Shor vowed to open again in three weeks, but 18 months passed before his restaurant at 5 East 54th Street opened. For a variety of reasons, however, his famous clientele never returned with their former regularity.

Toots Shor closed in 1971.


5th Avenue and West 23rd Street, Manhattan.


The New York Globe Offices, 200 5th Avenue and Broadway, Manhattan.


Times Square (Broadway, 7th Avenue, West 42nd and 47th Streets) Manhattan.



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