THREE, TWO, ONE!

Who ever thought that our beloved sixties starlet Pamela Tiffin would be mentioned in an article in the conservative National Journal? But there she is (along with co-stars the great James Cagney and gorgeous Horst Buchholz) in a tribute piece to one of my favorite comedies of all time, Billy Wilder’s One, Two, Three (1961) a satire on the Cold War set in West Berlin just before travel between the eastern and western parts of the city was forbidden.

When our man from Coca-Cola Cagney has to chaperone the boss’ visiting scatterbrained Southern-fried daughter Tiffin who sneaks into East Berlin and marries Communist Buchholz, Cagney famously declares, “I’d rather be in hell with my back broken” as he attempts to turn Buckholtz into a capitailist approved son-in-law.

 

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