One, Two, Three
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In his last starring film (it was supposed to be his last film, but Ragtime came along in 1981), James Cagney plays Coca-Cola executive C.R. MacNamara. Assigned to manage Coke's West Berlin office, MacNamara dreams of being transferred to London, and to do this he must curry favor with his Atlanta-based boss, Hazeltine (Howard St. John). Thus, MacNamara agrees to look after Hazeltine's dizzy, impulsive daughter, Scarlett (Pamela Tiffin), during her visit to Germany. Weeks pass, and on the eve of Hazeltine's visit to West Berlin, Scarlett announces that she's gotten married.… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"The screenplay, based on a one-act play by Ferenc Molnar, is outstanding."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"One, Two, Three celebrates as it satirizes American cultural imperialism."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"It would be better to watch this alone as the sound of chuckling in a theater will drown out many of the clever lines."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Cagney & Co. shine in Wilder's Cold War comedy"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"The last hour of the film is an exhilarating, exhausting series of gags, chases and twists that will have you glued to your TV."
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"The pace is blistering, and Wilder's deep-seated hatred of Germans has never been put to more comic use."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"It is one with which you can laugh -- with its own impudence toward foreign crises -- while laughing at its rowdy spinning jokes."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"The targets of Wilder's satire--a vulgar American capitalist culture and an outdated Russian Communist culture--are too obvious to be that funny."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Wilder crafted what may well be his funniest movie with One, Two, Three. It's certainly his fastest-paced film."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Fast and funny, but very stagey, satire of Cold War politics."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
"Marvellous one-liners, of course, and Cagney, spitting out his lines with machine-gun rapidity..."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"One of [Wilder's] very best films."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Agreeable comedy"
‑ Tony Medley,
"A frantic satire from Wilder, this is a manic and hilariously funny ride into the madness of the cold war."
‑ , Film4
"This Cold War comedy may not be either Billy Wilder's or James Cagney's subtlest work, but it's an energetic and sometimes unsettling exercise in brash bad taste."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
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