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Love on the Run

GENE D. PHILLIPS

in Some Like It Wilder

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780813125701
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135403 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125701.003.0014
Love on the Run

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Billy Wilder had seen Ferenc Molnar's one-act play Ein, zwei, drei (One, Two, Three) on the stage in Berlin in 1928. Wilder could think of only one actor who could deliver dialogue at the trip-hammer tempo of Max Pallenberg: James Cagney. One, Two, Three has some resonances of Ninotchka, which Wilder coscripted for Lubitsch in 1939. I. A. L. Diamond and Wilder spent eight months writing the script for One, Two, Three.Wilder thought it was a “sporadically good picture”. Nevertheless, because One, Two, Three was not a big moneymaker on its original release, he figured that he had to be careful in selecting his next project. He chose to make a film adaptation ofIrma la Douce (Irma the sweet), a French musical play about a Parisian prostitute. The script for the stage play was by Alexandra Breffort, with songs by Marguerite Monnot. The 1960s, which brought an increasingly liberal climate to America (in contrast to the buttoned-down 1950s), were in full swing. Some Like It Hot, The Apartment, and Irma la Douce all dwelled on sensitive sexual issues, and all three were severely criticized by the minions of morality.

Keywords: One, Two, Three; Irma la Douce; Billy Wilder; Ferenc Molnar; Alexandra Breffort; Marguerite Monnot

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Subjects: Film

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