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A Foreign Affair1948

A Foreign Affair (1948)




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This is story of a love triangle involving an American soldier, a congresswoman from Iowa and a German singer who meet in postwar Berlin.


Jean Arthur
as Phoebe Frost
John Lund
as Capt. John Pringle
Marlene Dietrich
as Erika von Schluetow
Millard Mitchell
as Col. Rufus J. Plummer
Peter von Zerneck
as Hans Otto Birgel
Raymond Bond
as Pennecott
Boyd Davis
as Griffin
James Larmore
as Lt. Homby
Damian O'Flynn
as Lieutenant Colonel
William Neff
as Lt. Lee Thompson
Harland Tucker
as Gen. McAndrew
George Carleton
as Gen. Finney
Gordon Jones
as Military Police
Freddie Steele
as Military Police
Bobby Watson
as Adolf Hitler
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Critic Reviews for A Foreign Affair

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

As usual, it's more clever than meaningful, but this 1948 film is one of his most satisfactory in wit and pace.

August 14, 2007 | Full Review…

This may not be Wilder at his best -- the story develops along fairly predictable lines, with Arthur switching her starchy uniform for a glistening evening gown -- but there are some precious set pieces.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A dandy entertainment which has some shrewd and realistic things to say.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A stinging satirical look at black marketeering in post WW II Berlin.

August 14, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Despite its predictable story line makes for a somewhat enjoyable satire.

December 7, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Lesser Billy Wilder with great actresses and a weak leading man.

November 26, 2003 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for A Foreign Affair


This may not be one of Wilder's major works, however, the spirit is here, and you can feel it: the German director and his fellow German leading woman have made this film from the soul. It's more about post-war Berlin, than the love-affair (mere excuse of a plot). Jean Arthur's talent saves the day when it comes to the (sometimes) poor script, and provides the comic relief, but it's Dietrich that shines all the way through- she is simply divine. She steals the whole film, of course, and the scenes where she sings at the cabaret can be inscribed on one's memory for ever. Don't miss this classic!

Anastasia  Bartzoulianou
Anastasia Bartzoulianou

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dark comedy set against the brutal backdrop of post-war berlin. jean arthur plays a stuffy american congresswoman who becomes involved with an army officer who's trying to cover up his lover's nazi past. i like that both jean and marlene were close to 50 when this was made. the script is vintage wilder if a little predictable, with shades from ninotchka to stalag 17. john lund is okay as the male lead; don't think i've ever seen him before...not wilder's best but very entertaining.

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

'A Foreign Affair' Provides the Laughs, Dahling This postwar comedy with Marlene Dietrich as an acid-tongued nightclub singer with suspected Nazi ties and Jean Arthur as a visiting no-nonsense Congresswoman from Iowa both after the same army heel with a guilty conscience starts slowly but gets in full gear when the romantic entanglements commence. Both actresses are terrific.

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Doctor Strangeblog

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