One, Two, Three
American comedy, bw, 1961, dir: Billy Wilder, Language: English, German, Russian, Subtitles: Hungarian, 104’
Directed by Billy Wilder
Screenplay by Ferenc Molnár (play), Billy Wilder, I.A.L. Diamond
Director of photography: Daniel L. Fapp
Music by André Previn
Cast: James Cagney, Horst Buchholz, Pamela Tiffin, Arlene Francis, Howard St. John
Is there a more American product than Coca Cola? Hardly ever. The major characters of this out and out American Ferenc Molnár adaptation, by which Billy Wilder “welcomed” the Berlin Wall, are tightly linked to that soft drink. The heroine is Scarlett, the daughter of the boss of the factory, who is being looked after by Mr. McNamara, the German works manager. That is, should be, but for a blunder: the girl falls in love with a communist guy from East Germany. When the Coen-brothers received the Oscar, Ethan Coen said in his acceptance speech, “We don’t believe in God, just in Billy Wilder”. That’s how they paid tribute to the great maker of The Lost Weekend, Some Like It Hot and Sunset Boulevard.