The Short Story and The Film:
- Fountain of Expies: The two killers introduced led to a slew of imitators of two-team bad guys with their own slang and dividual behaviour. In addition to the direct adaptations, there is The Lineup (also directed by Don Siegel), The Big Combo (where the hitmen are a barely disguised gay couple) and revived most fittingly in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction with Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega taking on the roles, with Jules hanging a Lampshade when he tells Vince to "get into character". Bruce Willis' boxer character was also inspired by the Swede.
- Star-Making Role: For Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner.