One, Two, Three (1961)
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James Cagney never fails to keep you entertained, whether it’s his tough guy persona in classics like Public Enemy, The Roaring 20’s, Angels With Dirty Faces which featured the Bower Boys and others including his amazing performance in Yankee Doodle Dandy. When it came to comedy, he had the timing of a master.
James Cagney’s presence on the screen is unlike any other actor’s ever. In every film, it’s almost as if there’s no script, it’s as if the camera is there capturing this man in real life, he was that natural. This film would be his last appearance in movies until 1980’s ‘Ragtime’ which was nominated for 8 Oscars.
Unless you grew up in the 60’s or 70’s, you’d not understand the whole concept of what Russia was all about. You’d not understand their total control over half a city (Berlin) until that wall would come down in 1989.
The movie is set in West Berlin, in fact, while shooting the Berlin Wall went up.
Directed by the iconic Billy Wilder and written by him with I. A. L. Diamond, the movie is based on the 1929 Hungarian one-act play Egy, kettő, három by Ferenc Molnár, with a “plot borrowed partly from” Ninotchka, a 1939 film co-written by Wilder. The movie also stars Horst Buchholz, Lilo Pulver, Pamela Tiffin, Arlene Francis, Leon Askin, Howard St. John and others.
James Cagney plays a Coca-Cola executive who is sent there after a fiasco in the Middle East. His boss send his daughter to West Berlin and tells Cagney he is to take good care of her and keep an eye on her.
Insanity ensues as she falls for a “Bouncing Bolshevik” and Cagney has to find a way to fix the problem before his boss come into town.
Source: Sal Amato