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ACE IN THE HOLE & THE SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS
March 14, 2019  | By David Bianculli

TCM, 8:00 p.m. ET

 

TCM host Ben Mankiewicz and his guest for this month-long Thursday night tour of movies and the media, Carl Bernstein, hold court over another prime-time celebration of some of the cinema’s best movies about the media. Ace in the Hole, from 1951, starts things off at 8 p.m. ET, starring Kirk Douglas (pictured) as a newspaper reporter who is as competitive, and manipulative, as any of his print or radio or TV competitors. Then comes Sweet Smell of Success, the 1957 classic starring Burt Lancaster as a ruthless gossip columnist. The late, great Spy magazine used the name of Lancaster’s character, J.J. Hunsecker, as one of its most famous nom de plume columnist aliases.

 
 
 
 
 
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