One, Two, Three

Film, Comedy

Time Out says

Coarse Cold War satire, structured largely as farce, with Cagney as the aggressive Coca-Cola executive in West Berlin, trying desperately to win advancement by selling the beverage to Russia, and simultaneously required to prevent his boss from discovering that the latter's bird-brained daughter has married a rabid Commie from East Berlin. Marvellous one-liners, of course, and Cagney, spitting out his lines with machine-gun rapidity in his final film until his belated appearance in 'Ragtime', is superb (and superbly backed by a fine cast). But the targets of Wilder's satire - go-getting, up-to-the-minute, consumer America versus the poverty and outdatedness of Communist culture - are rather too obvious.

By: GA


Release details

115 mins

Cast and crew

Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder, IAL Diamond
James Cagney
Horst Buchholz
Pamela Tiffin
Arlene Francis
Lilo Pulver
Howard St John
Hanns Lothar
Leon Askin
Red Buttons
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