A Foreign Affair (1948) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Billy Wilder and produced by Charles Brackett.
Wilder's tongue-in-cheek look at de-Nazification has Arthur and Dietrich in fine form as opposite ends of a Lund taffy pull. The postwar Berlin setting casts Arthur as a congresswoman monitoring the fraternization between Germans and Americans, while Dietrich stakes out familiar territory as the steamy chanteuse, this time with Nazi-infested past. She manages to ensnare Lund while singing numbers like "The Ruins of Berlin," but Arthur, who counters by cooing "Iowa Corn Song," is wise to be her and seems to have fallen for Lund herself.
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Academy Awards 1948 --- Ceremony Number 21 (source: AMPAS)
|Charles B. Lang, Jr.
|Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, Richard L. Breen
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Phoebe Frost: How do you know so much about women's clothing?
Captain John Pringle: My mother wears women's clothing.
Col. Rufus J. Plummer: Morale! Maybe someday we can send a little committee of our own investigating morale in Washington D.C.
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"Theater Guild on the Air" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 4, 1951 with Marlene Dietrich reprising her film role.
"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on March 1, 1951 with Marlene Dietrich and John Lund again reprising their film roles.
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