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Release Date:
18 December 1961 (West Germany) See more »
Billy Wilder's Explosive New Comedy
In West Berlin during the Cold War, a Coca-Cola executive is given the task of taking care of his boss' socialite daughter. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. Another 3 wins & 5 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
Hubert von Meyerinck ... Count von Droste Schattenburg
Loïs Bolton ... Melanie Hazeltine (as Lois Bolton)

Peter Capell ... Mishkin
Til Kiwe ... Reporter
Henning Schlüter ... Dr. Bauer
Karl Ludwig Lindt ... Zeidlitz

Liselotte Pulver ... Fräulein Ingeborg (as Lilo Pulver)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

John Banner ... Krause / Haberdrasher (voice)
Christine Allen ... Cindy MacNamara (uncredited)
John Allen ... Tommy MacNamara (uncredited)
Ivan Arnold ... MP Corporal (uncredited)
Klaus Becker ... East German Policeman (uncredited)
Max Buchsbaum ... Tailor (uncredited)
Werner Buttler ... East German Policeman (uncredited)

Red Buttons ... MP Sergeant (uncredited)
Paul Bös ... Krause (uncredited)
Jacques Chevalier ... Pierre - Navigator (uncredited)
Josef Coesfeld ... Hairdresser (uncredited)
Ingrid DeToro ... Stewardess (uncredited)
Siegfried Dornbusch ... East German Policeman (uncredited)
Gernot Duda ... Suitcase Salesman (uncredited)
Otto Friebel ... Interrogator (uncredited)
Werner Hessenland ... Shoeman (uncredited)
Friedrich Hollaender ... Conductor at Grand Hotel (uncredited)
Rose Renée Roth ... Berta (uncredited)

Sig Ruman ... Count von Droste Schattenburg (voice) (uncredited)
Helmut Schmid ... East German Policeman (uncredited)
Abi von Hasse ... Jeweler (uncredited)
Jaspar von Oertzen ... Haberdasher (uncredited)

Directed by
Billy Wilder 
Writing credits
Billy Wilder (screenplay) and
I.A.L. Diamond (screenplay)

Ferenc Molnár (play "Egy, kettö, három") (as Ferenc Molnar)

Produced by
I.A.L. Diamond .... associate producer
Doane Harrison .... associate producer
Billy Wilder .... producer
Original Music by
André Previn (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Daniel L. Fapp (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Daniel Mandell 
Production Design by
Robert Stratil 
Heinrich Weidemann 
Art Direction by
Alexandre Trauner  (as Alexander Trauner)
Production Management
William A. Calihan Jr. .... production manager (as William Calihan)
Werner Fischer .... production manager
Conrad von Molo .... production supervisor (as Conrad Von Molo)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Pevsner .... assistant director
André Smagghe .... second unit director
Art Department
Saul Bass .... poster designer (uncredited)
Sound Department
Basil Fenton-Smith .... sound
Del Harris .... sound effects editor
John Brommage .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Milt Rice .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Lothar Winkler .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Richard Carruth .... music editor
André Previn .... conductor
André Previn .... music adaptor
Other crew
May Wale Brown .... script continuity (as May Wale)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

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115 min | Finland:108 min (1962) (banned version) | Canada:108 min (Ontario) | UK:108 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-12 (1986) | Finland:(Banned) (1962) (1966) (1969) | Sweden:11 | UK:U | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (PCA #20106) | West Germany:6

Did You Know?

To cause problems for Otto Piffl (Horst Buchholz), James Cagney gives him a cuckoo clock that plays the old English song,"Yankee Doodle," causing Buchholz to get arrested by the East Germany police. Jimmy Cagney played the lead role in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), the story of George M. Cohan, the composer of "Yankee Doodle Dandy."See more »
Factual errors: The sign that would have been displayed as you left West Berlin into the Eastern side via the Brandenburg Gate, would have read 'You Are Now Leaving The British Sector as that area had been in The British Zone of occupation since 1945. Hence, any allied border guards or MP's that the characters would have come into contact with throughout the movie, would also be British and not American.See more »
C.R. MacNamara:[Schlemmer has returned from East Berlin wearing Ingeborg's dress] Schlemmer!
Schlemmer:Yes, sir? I'm sorry I didn't shave this morning.
Ingeborg:Look at my dress! It's ruined!
C.R. MacNamara:Did you have any trouble getting out of East Berlin?
Schlemmer:No, but I had a little trouble in West Berlin. I was picked up by an American soldier in a Jeep. He was very fresh, wanted to take my picture for something called "Playboy?"
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Yankee DoodleSee more »


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Lilo Pulver---Who Was She?
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23 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Dated but still vibrant..., 19 August 1999
Author: dexter-3 from Farifield, CT

Although "One, Two, Three" was made at a tense and crucial point in the Cold War standoff, it is bitingly funny and has aged well. As previous reviewers have noted, the performances are top notch, particularly those delivered by Cagney, Bucholz and Arlene Francis. The satire is thick in every scene, with particularly sharp barbs aimed at the behavior and attitudes of post-war Germans. The parodies of and references to Cagney's earlier films are also very funny. Cagney's makeover of the committed young Communist is outrageous.

A definite "10"...Wilder during his career peak, and Cagney delivering a fitting career finale.

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