Billy Wilder could spin a comedy like few others. "Kiss Me, Stupid" doesn't seem like the kind of film Dean Martin would be involved in, but after seeing it, I can say he was ideally cast. It called for a womanizing crooner who hits the bottle, so he was an obvious choice. Ray Walston was in top form here as the jealous husband, so jealous that he plots to pass off a hired saloon girl as his wife to Dean, in hopes of selling his songs to the well-known singer. He has to push his wife out the door to carry off the charade and nearly ruins his marriage in the process. Kim Novak is no less than intoxicating and sensuous in her portrayal as the saloon girl. You can't pause this movie once you get started. Felicia Farr plays her role as Walston's real wife to the hilt. A familiar face, Cliff Osmond, is great as Walston's accomplice in this farce. I love this movie.
(Note: This review is of the movie Kiss Me, Stupid. For some reason, it is also being displayed under Billy Wilder's One Two Three movie. I don't know why. Something is wrong with Amazon.) Strange movie. Sexual situations. Dean Martin plays himself (a guy that likes to drink and enjoy the women). Overall, this movie was a little over the top, including Ray Walston's character. But that's what Wilder was going for... exaggerated (slapstick) comedy. The movie is about two guys in a little Nevada town that want to make it big as songwriters. So when Dean Martin passes through town, they devise a crazy plan to keep him around so that they can play their songs for him. I was surprised to hear one of the characters turn down a piece of cake because he was watching his cholesterol. Cholesterol watching in 1964? I wasn't aware that it was a known issue back then. I looked it up on Google and it was first discovered in 1769. The movie is good. As of this writing, you can find it for free on You Tube.