One, Two, Three (1961)

Not Rated   |    |  Comedy


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In West Berlin during the Cold War, a Coca-Cola executive is given the task of taking care of his boss' socialite daughter.


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  • Horst Buchholz in One, Two, Three (1961)
  • Horst Buchholz and Pamela Tiffin in One, Two, Three (1961)
  • Horst Buchholz in One, Two, Three (1961)
  • James Cagney in One, Two, Three (1961)
  • James Cagney and Liselotte Pulver in One, Two, Three (1961)
  • James Cagney in One, Two, Three (1961)

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26 January 2004 | alfiefamily
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| Cagney in one of his best roles.
"One, Two, Three" is a marvelously, funny film. It has an energy that you can't help but get caught up in.

From the time you hear the first few bars of "The Sabre Dance" thru the final shot of James Cagney, you are on a constant roller coaster, and you don't want to get off. It is a manic, wild movie that never disappoints or lets down.

The engine that drives this lunacy is James Cagney. In one of his best, funniest and energetic performances, he is nothing short of amazing. He is a whirling dervish, at the heart of a storm that he has no control over. I don't want to give any of the story away, suffice to say that he is nothing short of spectacular. In Cameron Crowe's book on Billy Wilder, Wilder laments that Cagney was so loud and energetic at the start of the film, that his character really has nowhere to go, in terms of building, and reacting to the chaos. I would agree with that assessment, but Cagney's performance does not let the audience stop and catch it's breath long enough for this to really be a factor.

Wilder and Diamond have brought us another gem. Is there another writing team that within a span of three years, have created three better pictures than the ones they have given us (Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, One,Two,Three)? I doubt it.

Kudos all around to the supporting cast as well. Especially, Arlene Francis, as Cagney's wife, and Lilo Pulver as his secretary. Also watch for some "inside" jokes. Like when Cagney threatens Horst Buchholz with a grapefruit, and Red Buttons, in a cameo, doing a Cagney imitation.

Great fun from start to finish. 10/10

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