A Foreign Affair

Shot amid the ruins of Berlin, Wilder's satire on the corruption among GIs fraternising with the locals did not go down too well with the Defence Department. Arthur plays a prim congresswoman investigating an army officer (Lund), and when she realises she really has fallen for her man, she has to win him away from the exotic charms of chanteuse Dietrich. 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, notably a seduction among a row of filing cabinets and Dietrich's club act, not to mention a crackling script.

Release details

Duration: 116 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Billy Wilder
Screenwriter: Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Richard L Breen
Cast: Jean Arthur
Marlene Dietrich
John Lund
Millard Mitchell
Bill Murphy
Stanley Prager
Peter von Zerneck
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