One, Two, Three (1961)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

USA, 1961Bavaria Film, The Mirisch Corporation, Pyramid Productions.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, , based on the play Egy, Ketto, Harom by . Cinematography by .  Produced by Billy Wilder.  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

 gives a terrific comedic performance as an executive for Coca-Cola in West Berlin who gets nervous about his job when the American boss () comes over for a visit. Things get pretty heated when the boss’s airheaded daughter falls in love and eventually elopes with a vehemently dedicated Communist () from the East side, where Coca-Cola has yet to find its market as a popular drink. Now Cagney has to spruce up the boss’s new son-in-law and make him presentable for his new capitalist family.   is superb as Cagney’s age-wisened wife, while Buchholz gives a hilariously deluded performance as the young offender. The film isn’t the best in Wilder’s oeuvre, and its message, that every spirited Communist is just a capitalist in denial, would have been helped by a little more irony.

Academy Award Nomination:  Best Cinematography-BW

Golden Globe Award Nominations:  Best Picture-Comedy; Best Supporting Actress (Pamela Tiffin)


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