The Hearst Movie & A Martini group will see the restored version of the New York City newspaper classic “Sweet Smell of Success” at the Bethel Cinema

The 1957 drama co-stars Burt Lancaster as the most powerful columnist in the country and Tony Curtis as a press agent who is always desperate to get items intothe column.

The movie was a complete box-office bust when it was first released — some said it was too dark and cynical for 1950s moviegoers — but over the years it has placed high on lists of the Hollywood films made during that decade.

“Sweet Smell of Success” has also gathered a large cult for the extremely juicy dialogue by Clifford Odets. In his 1959 period piece “Diner” Barry Levinson included a minor who was always spouting lines from the film.

Bethel Cinema, 269 Greenwood Ave. Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. $10.50-$9. 203-778-2100