'''One, Two, Three''' is a comedy movie by Creator/BillyWilder from 1961. It's set in West Berlin shortly before the wall was built, it's about JamesCagney as the boss of Coca-Cola Germany who has to care for the daughter of his boss spending her holiday there. And trying to do business with some Communists, to expand Coca-Cola beyond the Iron Curtain. And to him trying to prevent his marriage from fall apart. HilarityEnsues (lots of!).

Thing seem to be going fine for [=MacNamara=] (Cagney), Coca-Cola (the company he works for) is doing well, and he's about to seal a deal with the Russian trade commission to get Coca-Cola past the Iron Curtain. Hoping this will earn him the 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 Scarlet Heseltine 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 has other plans. It seems that Scarlet 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]]. So now Mac must make Otto acceptable to Scarlet's conservative high society parents or he'll be thrown out into the streets.

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!!Examples:

* TheAllegedCar: The Soviet agents' Moskvitch 407.
-->"Is exact replica of 1937 Nash!"
*** It isn't. It's a much smaller car with up-to-date late '50s styling. How the Vopos wound up with a French Simca Aronde instead of an East German or Soviet model is pure movie magic, too...
* AllGermansAreNazis: Played with. [=MacNamara=] has a former S.S. member as his assistant; one scene shows his employees acting like complete robots when issued orders. This comes in handy when Schlemmer [[spoiler:gives away that the investigative reporter who threatens to expose the whole deal is a former SS officer]].
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: And during ColdWar, no one was worse than a Commie.
* BaitAndSwitch: The very movie starts with it. JamesCagney starts talking how the world was looking to UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC on August the 13th of 1961... for a sports game. Oh, by the way, on the same day the Commies built TheBerlinWall.
* BlackmailIsSuchAnUglyWord: The aforementioned IntrepidReporter is unable to be put off even with extravagant bribes [[spoiler:until Schlemmer does a Nazi salute to him in front of [=MacNamara=]. The reporter quickly backs off]].
* ClumsyCopyrightCensorship: Completely and utterly averted. Creator/JoanCrawford, at the time a major stockholder of Pepsi, was enraged by what she saw as blatant product placement. [[TakeThat In response]], the very last gag in the film involves Pepsi -- [=MacNamara=] puts a nickel in a Coke machine at Templehof and is rather annoyed that he receives... a bottle of Pepsi.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint:
-->'''Peripetchikoff:''' We have emergency meeting with Swiss Trade Delegation. They send us twenty car-loads of cheese. Totally unacceptable... full of holes.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment[=/=]LoudOfWar: The communist who married the daughter of Coca Cola's CEO is being tortured in EastGermany... by being forced to listen to "Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Polkadot Bikini" on repeat for hours on end. With the record spindle off-center. He writhes in pain.
* CrossDresser: [[spoiler:Schlemmer disguises in Ingeborg's dress to fool the Russians, so they'll let Otto free.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: [=MacNamara=]'s wife Phyllis.
--> ''(after [=MacNamara=] comes up with a wild story about Otto being a secret agent with a posthumous medal)'' "Why don't you give one to yourself? First-class heel with oak leaf cluster!"
* DirtyCommies
* TheDitz: Scarlett, definitely.
* TheGreatPoliticsMessUp: This time the other way round. Before August 1961, people could cross the border between West and East Berlin quite easily - which millions of East Germans used to move to the promised golden west. The movie was based on this premise and suffered when the wall was built.
* GuileHero: [=MacNamara=].
* 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.
* ImpoverishedPatrician: Graf von Droste-Schattenburg, currently working as a restroom attendant. He [[spoiler:is paid to adopt Otto]].
* ImprobablyCoolCar: [=MacNamara's=] "Adenauer" Mercedes; a regional Coca-Cola plant manager in Germany in 1961 would likely have had a smaller, near-taxi-spec "Ponton" Mercedes if not an Opel Rekord or Ford Taunus as a company car. Although West Berlin was the "show-window of the West", so maybe he got a bigger car to impress the locals and visitors from the East.
* ItsAllAboutMe: [=MacNamara=] is quite happy to feed newlywed Otto to the East German secret police to save his career, flips out when it's discovered that Scarlet is pregnant because of what the boss will do to ''him'', and completely ignores the fact that his wife has completely had it with globetrotting and his behavior.
* KickedUpstairs: The fate that [=MacNamara=] is trying to avoid for most of the film: reassignment to the home office in Atlanta. [[spoiler:It happens in the end, but he faces it with equanimity, since it will let him be closer to his family.]]
* LargeHam: James Cagney's performance here exhausted him so much that he retired.
* {{Lzherusskie}}: The Russian characters are played by Austrian and German actors.
* MisplacedNationalism: Parodied when Jimmy Cagney is upset with Coca-Cola heiress Scarlet for taking part in a "Yankee, Go Home" rally: "But back home, ''everybody'' hates the Yankees!" ("Ami, Go Home" would have been a completely different thing, of course...)
* OnSecondThought: After the Russians realize Otto has been arrested as a spy, they start to waver on rescuing him:
-->'''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!
* OnlySaneWoman: Phyllis, who pokes holes in [=MacNamara=]'s ZanyScheme logic, and is generally unimpressed with the absurd goings-on.
* ProductPlacement: No wonder, if the main character is a Coca-Cola exec.
* PygmalionPlot: [=MacNamara=] has ten hours to turn Otto from a slovenly Communist to a dapper businessman worthy of the boss's daughter.
* SexySecretary: Ingeborg, played by Lilo Pulver.
* ShoutOut: To ''Film/LittleCaesar'', ''GoneWithTheWind'', ''Film/YankeeDoodleDandy'', ''Film/ThePublicEnemy'', ''Film/{{Ninotchka}}''.
* WideEyedIdealist: Otto about Communism. He even thinks it's a capitalist lie that Siberia is cold, and is happy that the Communists assigned them "a magnificent apartment, just a short walk from the bathroom!".
* YouNoTakeCandle: The Russians.
* ZanyScheme: At one point, they need a ZanyScheme to revert the effects of another one. Which they are responsible for.
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