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One, Two, Three (1961)



Critic Consensus: Billy Wilder's One, Two, Three is an uproarious Cold War satire, offering devastating critiques of both factions with an effortless touch and a powerhouse performance from James Cagney.

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A Coca-Cola executive's promotion rests on his ability to look after his boss's flirtatious daughter in West Berlin.

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James Cagney
as C.R. MacNamara
Pamela Tiffin
as Scarlett Hazeltine
Horst Buchholz
as Otto Ludwig Piffl
Arlene Francis
as Phyllis MacNamara
Lilo Pulver
as Ingeborg
Howard St. John
as Hazeltine
Hans Lothar
as Schlemmer
Hanns Lothar
as Schlemmer
Lois Bolton
as Mrs. Hazeltine
Leon Askin
as Peripetchikoff
Peter Capell
as Mishkin
Ralf Wolter
as Borodenko
Red Buttons
as Military Police Sergeant
John Allen
as Tommy MacNamara
Christine Allen
as Cindy MacNamara
Hubert von Meyerinck
as Count Von Droste-Schattenburg
Til Kiwe
as Newspaperman
Ivan Arnold
as Military Police Corporal
Helmut Schmidt
as East German Police Corporal
Helmut Schmid
as East German Police Corporal
Otto Friebel
as East German Interrogator
Werner Buttler
as East German Police Sergeant
Klaus Becker
as Policeman
Jasper von Oertzen
as Haberdasher
Inga De Toro
as Stewardess
Jasper VonOertzen
as Haberdasher
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Critic Reviews for One, Two, Three

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (6)

Past the manic frenzy of the screwball comedy are many sly nods to the frosty Cold War relations between the East and the West.

June 28, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The screenplay, based on a one-act play by Ferenc Molnar, is outstanding.

August 15, 2007 | Full Review…

The pace is blistering, and Wilder's deep-seated hatred of Germans has never been put to more comic use.

August 15, 2007 | Full Review…

Marvellous one-liners, of course, and Cagney, spitting out his lines with machine-gun rapidity...

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

One, Two, Three celebrates as it satirizes American cultural imperialism.

January 10, 2006

It is one with which you can laugh -- with its own impudence toward foreign crises -- while laughing at its rowdy spinning jokes.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for One, Two, Three

A capitalist cola executive in cold war Berlin faces hardship from communists, headstrong youth, as well as ex-Nazi trained staffing. James Cagney, a diminutive man in fact, but one of the nearly forgotten (shame!) giants of the screen proves it so and then some with a tour-de-force performance as he singlehandedly wrangles Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond's witty assault on so-called dollar diplomacy down to the ground and makes it go "uncle!" and is the sole reason to seek this ignored gem out. Excellent.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Caustic eyes of Billy Wilder set on west Berlin in the cold war. James Cagney shines at spitting Wilder's trademark cunning and sometimes mean spirited dialogue all over the place. Wilder said once "If you're going to tell people the truth, be funny or they'll kill you." that was never truer than here...

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


Cold war comedy about a Coca-Cola executive stuck in Berlin and saddled with the responsibility of corralling the boss's wayward daughter. James Cagney makes the film's rapidly paced repartee look easy when, in fact, few actors could have handled it so well. An amusing, if not earth shattering, offering from the late, great Billy Wilder.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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