History Film / OneTwoThree

17th Jun '17 12:42:05 PM StFan
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'''''One, Two, Three''''' is a comedy movie by Creator/BillyWilder from 1961. Set in UsefulNotes/{{Berlin}} shortly before the wall was built, it's about the boss of Coca-Cola West Berlin, who has to care for the daughter of his boss spending her holiday there. And tries to do business with some Communists, to expand Coca-Cola beyond the Iron Curtain. And finds his marriage is about to fall apart. Plenty of HilarityEnsues.

Things seem to be going fine for C. R. [=MacNamara=] (JamesCagney): Coca-Cola is doing well in West Germany, and he's about to seal a deal with the Soviet trade commission to get the brand past the Iron Curtain. Hoping this will earn him a prized position in London, sadly Mac has to jump through one more hoop. The daughter of his boss is on a tour of Europe and said boss ''insists'' that Mac look after her. So for over a month Scarlett Hazeltine (Pamela Tiffin) is a guest of the [=MacNamara's=]. Thankfully her parents have made plans to come and take her home. Unfortunately, Scarlet's new ''husband'' Otto Ludwig Piffl (Horst Buchholz) has other plans. It seems that Scarlett had been sneaking out of the house the whole time she was with the [=MacNamara's=] and slipped behind the Iron Curtain to have fun on the town. Which is where she ran into the young Communist, and naturally, they fell in love...[[SarcasmMode naturally]]. At first Mac tries to get the marriage annulled by hook and by crook, but then it turns out that Scarlett is pregnant! So now Mac must make Otto acceptable to Scarlett's conservative high society parents or he'll be thrown out into the streets.

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'''''One, ''One, Two, Three''''' Three'' is a comedy movie by Creator/BillyWilder from 1961. Set in UsefulNotes/{{Berlin}} shortly before the wall was built, it's about the boss of Coca-Cola West Berlin, who has to care for the daughter of his boss spending her holiday there. And tries to do business with some Communists, to expand Coca-Cola beyond the Iron Curtain. And finds his marriage is about to fall apart. Plenty of HilarityEnsues.

Things seem to be going fine for C. R. [=MacNamara=] (JamesCagney): (Creator/JamesCagney): Coca-Cola is doing well in West Germany, and he's about to seal a deal with the Soviet trade commission to get the brand past the Iron Curtain. Hoping this will earn him a prized position in London, sadly Mac has to jump through one more hoop. The daughter of his boss is on a tour of Europe and said boss ''insists'' that Mac look after her. So for over a month Scarlett Hazeltine (Pamela Tiffin) is a guest of the [=MacNamara's=]. Thankfully her parents have made plans to come and take her home. Unfortunately, Scarlet's new ''husband'' Otto Ludwig Piffl (Horst Buchholz) has other plans. It seems that Scarlett had been sneaking out of the house the whole time she was with the [=MacNamara's=] and slipped behind the Iron Curtain to have fun on the town. Which is where she ran into the young Communist, and naturally, they fell in love... [[SarcasmMode naturally]]. At first Mac tries to get the marriage annulled by hook and by crook, but then it turns out that Scarlett is pregnant! So now Mac must make Otto acceptable to Scarlett's conservative high society parents or he'll be thrown out into the streets.



* BaitAndSwitch: The very movie starts with it. [=MacNamara=] starts talking how America was looking to UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC on August the 13th of 1961... for a baseball game. Oh, by the way, on the same day the Commies built TheBerlinWall.

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* BaitAndSwitch: The very movie starts with it. [=MacNamara=] starts talking how America was looking to UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC on August the 13th of 1961... for a baseball game. Oh, by the way, on the same day the Commies built TheBerlinWall.the UsefulNotes/BerlinWall.



-->'''Peripetchikoff:''' Do you know what happens if I defect? They will line up my family and shoot them! My wife, my mother-in-law, my brother-in-law, my sister-in-law...({{Beat}})...Let's do it!

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-->'''Peripetchikoff:''' Do you know what happens if I defect? They will line up my family and shoot them! My wife, my mother-in-law, my brother-in-law, my sister-in-law...({{Beat}})... ''[{{beat}}]'' ... Let's do it!
6th May '17 2:57:54 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* MoscowCentre: [[spoiler: Borodenko (Ralf Wolter)]], one of the members of the Soviet trade delegation, is actually a KGB agent with the job to watch the other two.

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* MoscowCentre: UsefulNotes/MoscowCentre: [[spoiler: Borodenko (Ralf Wolter)]], one of the members of the Soviet trade delegation, is actually a KGB agent with the job to watch the other two.
6th May '17 2:55:00 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* DirtyCommies

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* DirtyCommiesDirtyCommunists
18th Dec '16 7:43:35 PM pratchettgaiman
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** Otto is also quite...passionate about being a Communist and chewing out the decadent West.
27th Jun '16 11:19:49 AM AnotherGuy
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** CreatorBacklash: Billy Wilder ''hated'' RockAndRoll.
16th Jan '16 2:25:13 PM Anddrix
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* ViewersAreMorons: When Schlemmer recognises the reporter as his former SS officer, he addresses him as "Herr Oberleutnant" (the equivalent of a (First) Lieutenant), a rank familiar to English-speaking viewers, but which was not actually used in the SS. The German dub has Schlemmer saying "Herr Obersturmführer", which does give away that the man is a Nazi, as ''Obersturmführer'' was the equivalent of ''Oberleutnant'' in the SS and the SA.
20th Sep '15 10:59:52 AM jamespolk
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James Cagney retired from acting after making this film, although he returned 20 years later to star in ''Film/{{Ragtime}}''.
4th Sep '15 5:04:06 AM Morgenthaler
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* DeweyDefeatsTruman: When production commenced in Berlin, there was no wall. Halfway through production, the Deutsche Demokratische Republik decided, [[{{Understatement}} quite inconveniently]], to erect the first layers of what would eventually become Die Mauer. This threw a monkey wrench in the plans of the filmmakers, especially when they had obtained permits to shoot near the Brandenburg Gate. It also meant that as mentioned above, that the movie entered theaters already dated with a side of TooSoon.



* HistoryMarchesOn: When production commenced in Berlin, there was no wall. Halfway through production, the Deutsche Demokratische Republik decided, [[{{Understatement}} quite inconveniently]], to erect the first layers of what would eventually become Die Mauer. This threw a monkey wrench in the plans of the filmmakers, especially when they had obtained permits to shoot near the Brandenburg Gate. It also meant that as mentioned above, that the movie entered theaters already dated with a side of TooSoon.
** In-movie there is the Grand Hotel [[Film/BattleshipPotemkin Potemkin]], formerly Grand Hotel [[ThoseWackyNazis Goering]], and before that Grand Hotel [[UsefulNotes/OttoVonBismarck Bismarck]]. And the scene where Ingeborg's energetic dance causes the portrait of Khrushchev to fall out of its frame, revealing a portrait of Stalin.
28th Aug '15 9:08:18 PM TrustBen
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* GodwinsLaw: In a sign of maybe not the healthiest marriage, Phyllis refers to her husband as "Mein Führer."
20th Aug '15 8:17:41 AM redandready45
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* DefectorFromDecadence: Two Russian spies were sent to discover the Coca Cola secret formula, and ended up becoming successful American businessmen. [[spoiler: Some of the Russians end up defecting too]].
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