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One, Two, Three (1961)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 18 December 1961 (West Germany)
In West Berlin during the Cold War, a Coca-Cola executive is given the task of taking care of his boss' socialite daughter.

Director:

Billy Wilder

Writers:

Billy Wilder (screenplay), I.A.L. Diamond (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Hanns Lothar ... Schlemmer
Leon Askin ... Peripetchikoff
Ralf Wolter Ralf Wolter ... Borodenko
Karl Lieffen Karl Lieffen ... Fritz
Hubert von Meyerinck ... Count von Droste Schattenburg
Loïs Bolton Loïs Bolton ... Melanie Hazeltine (as Lois Bolton)
Peter Capell ... Mishkin
Til Kiwe Til Kiwe ... Reporter
Henning Schlüter Henning Schlüter ... Dr. Bauer
Karl Ludwig Lindt Karl Ludwig Lindt ... Zeidlitz
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Storyline

Berlin is the epitome of political and economic polarization. A microcosm of that polarization is the life of American C.R. MacNamara, known as Mac to his friends. He is Coca-Cola's head of West Berlin operations, although he feels he deserves to be Coca-Cola's head of European operations based in London. Mac's wife, Phyllis, wants him instead to get a steady and stable job back in head office in Atlanta. His West Berlin staff are all still used to treating him like their old master, the Fuhrer. The one exception is his secretary, Ingeborg, who is the latest in the long line of his secretary mistresses. And he's working on a trade agreement of getting Coca-Cola into the Russian market. His life goes into a tailspin when he hosts Scarlett Hazeltine in his home for two weeks. She is the seventeen year old spoiled and party-loving daughter of his Atlanta based boss, Wendell Hazeltine. Unlike most of the stops she's made on her European trip, Scarlett seems to like West Berlin and stays ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Billy Wilder's Explosive New Comedy

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Russian

Release Date:

18 December 1961 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Uno, dos, tres See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,000,000, 31 December 1962
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1962) (banned) | (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

While watching "the blonde lady" dance at The Hotel Potemkin, one of the Russians takes off his shoe and bangs on the table with it. The banging eventually causes the photograph of Nikita Khrushchev to fall out of its frame to reveal the picture of Josef Stalin, his predecessor, behind it. Khrushchev once famously took off his shoe to bang on the podium during a speech at the United Nations. Khrushchev, who is mentioned several times in the movie, is supposed to have taken his shoe off and banged on the table with it at the United Nations. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the first verse of "Yes, We Have No Bananas", the orchestra leader stops singing the song and closes his mouth while on the soundtrack his voice continues singing. See more »

Quotes

Borodenko: When will papers be ready?
C.R. Macnamara: I'll put my secretary right to work on it.
Mishkin: Your secretary? She's that blond lady?
C.R. Macnamara: That's the one.
Peripetchikoff: [after conferring with the others] You will send papers to East Berlin with blond lady in triplicate.
C.R. Macnamara: You want the papers in triplicate, or the blond in triplicate?
Peripetchikoff: See what you can do.
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Connections

Spoofed in Caffeine Madness (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Ride of the Valkyries
(uncredited)
from Act III of "Die Walküre"
Music by Richard Wagner
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Dated but still vibrant...
19 August 1999 | by dexter-3See all my reviews

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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