Is it as good as SUNSET BLVD, SOME LIKE IT HOT or THE APARTMENT? no, but it's also not as dull as THE FRONT PAGE. In fact there are laughs to be sure simply by watching Walter Matthau and listening to his dem, dese, dose accent. Paula Prentiss is charming and, while woefully out of place, the presence of Klaus Kinski is really intriguing.
Such a shame that this was the last movie directed by the almighty Billy Wilder. After such a brilliant career, this movie doesn't seem to belong to his filmography. I must repeat myself, but it's such a shame that, even when he wanted to, nobody counted on him to direct ay nother movie in his last years.