Skip to comments.Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "One, Two, Three"(1961)
Posted on 07/28/2013 11:56:09 AM PDT by ReformationFan
“I will not have my son grow up to be a capitalist.”
“When he’s 18 he can make his mind up whether he wants to be a capitalist or a rich communist.”
“So you just tell Daddy I’m on my way to the U.S.S.R. That’s short for Russia.”
I remember that one. Hollywood attempting to show communists as young, hip, attractive and appealing while contrasting the stuffy Mammon-worshiping communist stereotype of a Yank . . .
This is a masterpiece!
My all-time favorite movie!!!!
“She married a communist? This is going to be the biggest thing to hit Atlanta since General Sherman threw that little barbecue!”
“Schlemmer you’re back in the SS, small salary!”
Agreed. Billy Wilder was a cinematic genius.
C.R. MacNamara: Cigarette? Cigar?
Peripetchikoff: Here, take one of these.
C.R. Macnamara: Thanks. Hm, ‘Made in Havana’.
Peripetchikoff: We have trade agreement with Cuba. They send us cigars, we send them rockets.
C.R. Macnamara: Good thinking.
C.R. MacNamara: You know something? You guys got cheated. This is a pretty crummy cigar.
Peripetchikoff: Do not worry. We send them pretty crummy rockets.
I remember seeing this at the drive-in when i was a kid. I LOVED it!
“Naked as a Jaybird, with “Yankee Go Home” tattooed across her chest!”.... LOL
I don’t think the Communists came out looking very good in this one. In fact, whatever potshots Wilder takes at the West it’s clear that our side is portrayed as the better one and the one you’d want to be a part of.
Isn’t it just marvy?
C.R. MacNamara: You’ve defected?
Peripetchikoff: Is old Russian proverb: “Go West young man.”
His wonderful movie “The Apartment” (1960) is even better than this one.
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More Billy Wilder films
“I spit on your money. I spit on Fort Knox. I spit on Wall Street.”
“Unsanitary little jerk, isn’t he?”
It was more of a matter of sneaking stuff in.
Oh I love “The Apartment”. I just consider that more of a seriocomedy than “One, Two, Three”. There probably my top 2 favorite Wilder films.
Peripetchikoff: Well, Comrades, what are we going to do? He’s got it - we want it. Are we going to accept this blackmailing capitalist’s deal?
Mishkin: Let’s take a vote.
Peripetchikoff: I vote yes.
Mishkin: I vote yes.
Peripetchikoff: Two out of three. Deal is on!
Borodenko: Comrades, before you get in trouble, I must warn you, I am not really from Soft Drink Secretariat. I am undercover agent assigned to watch you.
Mishkin: In that case I vote no. Deal is off.
Borodenko: But I vote yes!
Peripetchikoff: Two out of three again! Deal is on!
As an aside Leon Askin, who played Peripetchikoff (and better known as General Burkhalter on Hogan’s Heroes), lived to the ripe old age of 98.
“Put your pants on, Spartacus.”
This is a very funny movie and captures (maybe in a not too realistic way) a strange moment in time.
Maybe but consider this exchange:
“Maybe we voted for the wrong man.”
“That couldn’t happen in Russia.”
“They don’t make mistakes.”
“They don’t *vote*.”
Plus the whole sequence where Cagney & Co. have to end up rescuing Otto from the East German police. Not a flattering picture of the commies at all.
If it had been made a decade later after Vietnam and the hippie revolution it probably would’ve been more pro-communist but thankfully it was made when it was.
“I’m just marvy!”
“We will take over West Berlin. We will take over Western Europe. We will bury you!”
“Do me a favor. Bury us but don’t marry us.”
The funniest movie about the USSR hands down is “Comrade X”
starring Clark Gable and Hedy Lamarr
With all the movies turned into Broadway plays, I always thought this would make for a great Broadway play.
“He said to the police man I shouldn’t be arrested, I should be pitied, because I was a typical bourgeois parasite and the rotten fruit of a corrupt civilization. So naturally, I fell in love with him.”
It’s supposedly based upon a play by Ferenc Molnar.
That’s a good one too-
I love Billy Wilder and his movies.
Sadly, I need a translator for his own peculiar form of English!
I never heard of that movie, but I love Clark Gable, so I’ll check it out.
great film....very funny even thought it’s dated...
Another interesting aside: while Askin, Werner Klemperer and John Banner played Nazis on Hogan’s Heroes, all were Jewish.
I think of it as an historical time capsule for 1961 and some of the major cold war events of the time.
Actually, “Compulsion” on TCM from 2-4 EDT wasn’t bad either - tells the story of the Leopold-Loeb murder case back in the ‘20’s - two supposedly brilliant college students murder a young boy for the thrill of it, and because they’re convinced they’re so smart they’ll get away with it (prototypical leftwingers) - best line was from Orsen Wells playing their lawyer Clarence Darrow - the KKK has burned a cross on his lawn because of his supposedly atheistic beliefs, and the nest morning he is being chided by a bunch of journalists because his clients’ parents are so rich - did he believe in the case or did he take it because he’s going to get paid a lot of money? “To believe that the rich don’t deserve as good a defense as the poor just because they’re rich is to engage in the same kind of thinking that burned that cross”, he snaps.......
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