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One, Two, Three (1961)

Original Title : One, Two, Three
Director : Billy Wilder
Writer : Ferenc Molnár (I)
Billy Wilder
I.A.L. Diamond
Genre : Comedy
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : I.A.L. Diamond , Doane Harrison , Billy Wilder
Music : André Previn
Photography : Daniel L. Fapp
IMDB ID : 0055256
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poster for "One, Two, Three" by Billy Wilder (1961)
One, Two, Three (1961) - Billy Wilder
 

Starring

James Cagney C.R. MacNamara
Horst Buchholz Otto Ludwig Piffl
Pamela Tiffin Scarlett Hazeltine
Arlene Francis Phyllis MacNamara
Howard St. John Wendell P. Hazeltine
Hanns Lothar Schlemmer
Leon Askin Peripetchikoff
Ralf Wolter Borodenko
Karl Lieffen Fritz (chauffeur
Hubert von Meyerinck Count von Droste Schattenburg
Loïs Bolton Melanie Hazeltine
Peter Capell Mishkin
Til Kiwe Reporter
Henning Schlüter Dr. Bauer
Karl Ludwig Lindt Zeidlitz
Liselotte Pulver Ingeborg (as Lilo Pulver
Christine Allen I
John Allen I
Ivan Arnold MP corporal (uncredited
Klaus Becker I
Paul Bös Krause (uncredited
Max Buchsbaum Tailor (uncredited
Werner Buttler East German policeman (uncredited
Red Buttons MP sergeant (uncredited
Jacques Chevalier I
Ingrid DeToro Stewardess (uncredited
Siegfrid Dornbusch East German policeman (uncredited
Otto Friebel Interrogator (uncredited
Werner Hessenland Shoeman (uncredited
Frederick Hollander Conductor at Grand Hotel (uncredited
Rose Renée Roth Berta (uncredited
Helmut Schmid East German policeman (uncredited
Abi von Hasse Jeweler (uncredited
Jaspar von Oertzen Haberdasher (uncredited
 

Plot

Berlin, after the Second World War: C.R. MacNamara presides over the Coca-Cola branch of Germany. He is working hard and trying his very best to impress the Atlanta headquarters, since he has heard that the European headquarters in London will soon be looking for a new head. Now, Coca-Cola boss Mr. Hazeltine asks MacNamara to take care of his daughter Scarlett, who is going to take a trip to Europe. Scarlett, however, does not behave the way a young respectable girl of her age should: Instead of sightseeing, she goes out until the early morning and has lots of fun. Finally, she falls in love with Otto Piffl, a young man from East Berlin and a flaming Communist, and marries him surprisingly. When MacNamara hears of this, he intrigues quite a bit with the help of his assistant Schlemmer to get Piffl into an East German prison, but when he also gets note of his Boss and wife coming over to visit their daughter in Berlin, he needs to get Piffl out again, convert him to Capitalism and present him as a fine young and noble husband in order to get his London post, and all of that very quick! MacNamara is a managing director for Coca Cola in West Berlin in 1961, just before the Wall is put up. When Scarlett, the daughter of his boss, comes to West Berlin, MacNamara has to look after her, but this turns out to be a difficult task. After MacNamara has found out that Scarlett is seeing an East German communist named Otto, he goes to extreme lengths trying to conceal this from the girl's father in order to save his job. McNamara, Coca Cola's man in Berlin, is landed with minding his boss's southern belle daughter, Scarlett. She secretly marries a good looking communist from the Soviet sector and gets pregnant. McNamara has to repackage Scarlett's husband as a desirable match when her parents arrive unexpectedly. His efforts involve wheeling and dealing with Soviet commissar and police, various Berlin types and his wife, who decides to leave him. The resolution is highly farcial.
 

Comments

I can't really think of anything else to say about "One, Two, Three" that hasn't already been pointed out here. "Hilarious" and "fast-paced" are justly the most used words when it comes to this film. It still stands up after repeated viewings - in fact, it even requires them if you want to catch all the jokes.
 
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