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A Foreign Affair

Year:
Duration:
116 min
Genres:
Comedy | Drama | Romance
IMDB rate:
7.5
Director:
Billy Wilder
Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination
Details
Country: USA
Release Date: 1948-08-20
Filming Locations: Berlin, Germany
Cast
Actor
Character
Jean Arthur
Phoebe Frost
Marlene Dietrich
Erika Von Schluetow
John Lund
Captain John Pringle
Millard Mitchell
Col. Rufus J. Plummer
Peter von Zerneck
Hans Otto Birgel
Stanley Prager
Mike
William Murphy
Joe (as Bill Murphy)
Raymond Bond
Pennecot
Boyd Davis
Giffin
Robert Malcolm
Kramer
Charles Meredith
Yandell
Michael Raffetto
Salvatore
Damian O'Flynn
Lieutenant Colonel
Frank Fenton
Major Mathews
James Larmore
Lieutenant Hornby
Harland Tucker
General McAndrew
Bill Neff
Lt. Lee Thompson
George M. Carleton
General Finney (as George Carleton)
Gordon Jones
Military Police
Freddie Steele
Military Police (as Fred Steele)
Nick Abramoff
Russian Soldier (uncredited)
Robert Bohannon
Soldier (uncredited)
Ted Cottle
Gerhardt Maier (uncredited)
Zina Dennis
Russian (uncredited)
Jimmie Dundee
Military Police (uncredited)
Curt Furburg
Canteen Lorelei Customer (uncredited)
Joseph Goebbels
Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lisa Golm
German (uncredited)
Leo Gregory
Russian Soldier (uncredited)
Ilka Grüning
German Wife (uncredited)
Vilmos Gyimes
Waiter (uncredited)
Chester Hayes
Russian Soldier (uncredited)
Len Hendry
Staff Sergeant (uncredited)
Lars Hensen
Minor Role (uncredited)
Hans Herbert
Waiter (uncredited)
Friedrich Hollaender
Piano Player at The Lorelei (uncredited)
Jerry James
Lieutenant (uncredited)
Howard Joslin
Military Police (uncredited)
George Kachin
Russian Soldier (uncredited)
Willy Kaufman
Waiter (uncredited)
Phyllis Kennedy
WAC Technical Sergeant (uncredited)
Henry Kulky
Russian Soldier at Marketplace (uncredited)
Rex Lease
MP Lieutenant (uncredited)
Norman Leavitt
NCO (uncredited)
Paul Lees
Soldier (uncredited)
Ken Lundy
Soldier (uncredited)
Don Lynch
Soldier (uncredited)
Gregory Merims
Russian Soldier (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery
American Soldier in Nightclub (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse
Transport Pilot (uncredited)
Hazard Newsberry
Lieutenant (uncredited)
Larry Nunn
Sergeant (uncredited)
Paul Panzer
Peddler with KnickKnacks and Mattress (uncredited)
George Paris
Russian Soldier (uncredited)
Joe Ploski
Canteen Lorelei Customer (uncredited)
Frank Popovich
Russian Soldier (uncredited)
Otto Reichow
German Policeman (uncredited)
Albin Robeling
Cook (uncredited)
Richard Ryen
Herr Maier (uncredited)
William Sabbot
Russian Dancer (uncredited)
William Self
Soldier (uncredited)
Pat Shade
Soldier (uncredited)
John Shay
Soldier (uncredited)
Bill Sheehan
Military Police (uncredited)
Peter Similuk
Russian Soldier (uncredited)
Robert J.T. Simpson
Major (uncredited)
Zivko Simunovich
Russian Soldier (uncredited)
Walter Thiele
German (uncredited)
George Unanoff
Russian Soldier (uncredited)
Edward Van Sloan
German (uncredited)
Jack Vlaskin
Russian Dancer (uncredited)
Sergei N. Vonevsky
Russian Soldier (uncredited)
Henry Vroom
American Sergeant (uncredited)
Otto Waldis
Inspector (uncredited)
Fay Wall
Fraulein (uncredited)
Christa Walton
Fraulein (uncredited)
Bobby Watson
Adolph Hitler
Eric Wyland
German Waiter (uncredited)
Frank Yaconelli
Accordion Player (uncredited)
Nicholas Zane
Russian Soldier (uncredited)
Did you know?
Trivia
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 9, 1950 with John Lund reprising his film role.
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Director Billy Wilder said famously of his difficulties with Marlene Dietrich and Jean Arthur in the film. "I have one dame who's afraid to look at herself in a mirror and another who won't stop looking!"
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Female stars Jean Arthur and Marlene Dietrich were in their late 40s when they shot this film. The leading man 'John Lund' however was a decade younger than both.
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Goofs
Though the character played by Jean Arthur is an 'unmarried' American Congresswoman, the actress's real life wedding ring is visible in many scenes especially close-ups during the latter part of the film.
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Quotes
Erika von Schluetow: Let's go up to my apartment. It's only a few ruins away from here.
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Phoebe Frost: We'll go there right now!
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Erika von Schluetow: [singing] Want to buy some illusions? Slightly used, just like new. Such romantic illusions, and they're all about you. I sell them all for a penny, they make pretty souvenirs. Take my lovely illusions, some for laughs, some for tears.
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Photos from cast
Harry Lauter
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