One, Two, Three

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(out of 5)


 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.


Bavaria Film, The Mirisch Corporation, Pyramid Productions

USA, 1961

Directed by Billy Wilder

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


Academy Award Nomination
Best Cinematography (Black-And-White) (Daniel L. Fapp)

Golden Globe Award Nominations
Best Motion Picture-Comedy
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Pamela Tiffin)


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