A Foreign Affair (1948)
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as Phoebe Frost
as Capt. John Pringle
as Erika von Schluetow
as Col. Rufus J. Plummer
as Hans Otto Birgel
as Lt. Homby
as Lieutenant Colonel
as Lt. Lee Thompson
as Gen. McAndrew
as Gen. Finney
as Military Police
as Military Police
as Adolf Hitler
Critic Reviews for A Foreign Affair
As usual, it's more clever than meaningful, but this 1948 film is one of his most satisfactory in wit and pace.
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.
A dandy entertainment which has some shrewd and realistic things to say.
A stinging satirical look at black marketeering in post WW II Berlin.
Despite its predictable story line makes for a somewhat enjoyable satire.
Lesser Billy Wilder with great actresses and a weak leading man.
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!
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.
'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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