Post-war Berlin is the microcosm of the polarization of West and East; American and Soviet. C.R. MacNamara's Coca-Cola's head of West Berlin operations, His life goes into a spin when he must deal with the visit of Scarlett Hazeltine; the 17yo spoilt daughter of his boss. On the same day Mac hears Mr. & Mrs. Hazeltine will be iarriving in a day, he also learns Scarlett's married Otto Ludwig Piffl, a staunch East German Communist. Mac also learns Scarlett's pregnant, Mac has to get Otto, and turn him into a respectable young man for the soon-to-be arriving boss... and Otto's father-in-law.Written by
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 behind it. Khrushchev once famously took off his shoe to bang on the podium during a speech at the United Nations. See more »
In the Grand Hotel Potemkin scene, Peripetchikoff says "We cannot interfere with internal affairs of sovereign Republic of East Germany." The correct formal name of the country was the German Democratic Republic. See more »
Before you meet Daddy, I must warn you there are certain things he feels very strongly about. One is the Civil War.
If the subject comes up, just say it was a draw.
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Billy Wilder's hilarious Cold War comedy that only gets better with each viewing. It does help some, of course, to know the politics of the region and of that time period. Irregardless, one need not be a Hoover Institute Fellow to pick these up quickly. James Cagney, proving his acting range was virtually borderless, turns in a superb performance as the soft drink exec seeking an upper echelon corporate job.
With a terrific supporting cast, Cagney's corporate dreams are about to explode, when the boss' wild daughter flies into Berlin. Creating havoc, and not to mention more stress on his wounded marriage, the daughter runs off cavorting about in the Eastern Sector.
Corporate ambitions, romance and strong politics collide in this volatile, hilarious, extremely fast paced comedy. This is how a real comedic farce is put together, and it goes off without a hitch, all the way to the last gag. There's also some great homages/inside jokes to boot. A comedy classic, and another gem from Mr. Wilder.
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