MacNamara is a managing director for Coca Cola in West Berlin in 1961, just before the Wall is put up. When Scarlett, the daughter of his boss, comes to West Berlin, MacNamara has to look after her, but this turns out to be a difficult task.
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James Cagney has brilliant timing as a comedic actor here and Wilder and Diamond pen one of their funniest screenplays. For sheer number of laughs, I actually think this might be their best script, beating out even Some Like it Hot.
This is a brilliant, fast paced comedy with James Cagney at his comedic best in a movie that moves so fast you have to damn near catch your breath but it will be impossible because you will be laughing so damn hard.
Incredibly fast paced and witty, this is without a doubt one of the best films of one of the best all time directors. A pure joy to all cinema lovers. It is only not intelligent but also crammed with historical, literal and even movie references. Wonderful direction and a top notch performance by Cagney. Not to be missed!
I'm not a fan of zany movies mainly because they are almost always too arch and too self conscious for their own good. This one is no exception but Wilder comes closest to pulling it off with the help of a good cast, some good gags, and snappy pacing.