This cold-war, cola-war comedy is an amazing study in frenetic energy. James Cagney shows his comic side as the head of West German operations for Coca-Cola. He gets The Call from Atlanta that he thinks will promote him to head of all European operations. Instead, the president of Coke tells him that his daughter will be spending some time in West Germany, and he’d like her to be shown a good time. Naturally, the president’s daughter is a handful, particularly after she falls in love with a Communist. Meanwhile, Cagney has to try to close a deal with the East Germans for Coke distribution. The last hour of the film is an exhilarating, exhausting series of gags, chases and twists that will have you glued to your TV.
One, Two, Three***1/2
published September 4, 2000