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Release Date:
20 August 1948 (USA) See more »
It would make a cigar store Indian laugh ...
In occupied Berlin, an army captain is torn between an ex-Nazi cafe singer and the U.S. congresswoman investigating her. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Berlin,l946,the Army takes over,Dietrich soars See more (44 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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 Lorimer ... Lieutenant Hornby (as James Larmore)
Harland Tucker ... General McAndrew
Bill Neff ... Lt. Lee Thompson (as William Neff)
George M. Carleton ... General Finney (as George Carleton)

Gordon Jones ... Military Police
Freddie Steele ... Military Police (as Fred Steele)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Abramoff ... Russian Soldier (uncredited)

Leon Alton ... Military Reporter (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 ... Joseph Goebbles (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)
George Hoagland ... Canteen Lorelei Customer (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)

Harry Lauter ... Corporal (uncredited)

Rex Lease ... MP Lieutenant (uncredited)

Norman Leavitt ... NCO (uncredited)
Paul Lees ... Soldier (uncredited)
Max Linder ... Canteen Lorelei Customer (uncredited)
Ken Lundy ... Soldier (uncredited)
Don Lynch ... Soldier (uncredited)
Mathew McCue ... Canteen Lorelei Customer (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)
Bert Stevens ... Canteen Lorelei Customer (uncredited)
Walter Thiele ... German (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Canteen Lorelei Customer (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 (uncredited)
Chalky Williams ... Military Photographer (uncredited)
Eric Wyland ... German Waiter (uncredited)
Frank Yaconelli ... Accordion Player (uncredited)
Nicholas Zane ... Russian Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Billy Wilder 
Writing credits
Charles Brackett (screenplay) &
Billy Wilder (screenplay) and
Richard L. Breen (screenplay)

Robert Harari (adaptation)

David Shaw (original story)

Produced by
Charles Brackett .... producer
Original Music by
Friedrich Hollaender  (as Frederick Hollander)
Cinematography by
Charles Lang (director of photography) (as Charles B. Lang Jr.)
Art Direction by
Hans Dreier 
Walter H. Tyler  (as Walter Tyler)
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Ross Dowd 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Hugh Brown .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (as C.C. Coleman Jr.)
Douglas Bridges .... extra second assistant director (uncredited)
Withold Grünberg .... assistant director: Berlin (uncredited)
Willi Herrmann .... assistant director: Berlin (uncredited)
Gerd Oswald .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Hugo Grenzbach .... sound recordist
Walter Oberst .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
Gordon Jennings .... special photographic effects
Dewey Wrigley .... process photography
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Bennett .... camera operator (uncredited)
Ed Crowder .... grip (uncredited)
Paul Filipp .... still photographer: Berlin (uncredited)
Herbert Greyer .... assistant camera: Berlin (uncredited)
James Hawley .... assistant camera: second unit (uncredited)
Jack Koffman .... still photographer (uncredited)
Kurt Schulz .... camera operator: Berlin (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Doane Harrison .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Sidney Cutner .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Friedrich Hollaender .... musical director (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Van Cleave .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Harry F. Hogan .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Ronnie Lubin .... dialogue director (uncredited)
C.A. Murphy .... technical advisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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116 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

"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.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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.See more »
Erika von Schluetow:Want to buy an illusion?See more »
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19 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Berlin,l946,the Army takes over,Dietrich soars, 27 October 2004
Author: Hill-2 from United States

A dazzling movie,standing with Billy Wilder's very best, and surely it has Marlene Dietrich's finest performance. Berlin, l946...bitter...witty...haunting story, interesting characters, evocative stuff.

You can go back and back to savor this one.The talk is terrific, and the urgency of feeling, and the sharp comedy and underlying drama are pure gold. Dietrich's songs, "In the Ruins of Berlin," and "Black Market" ,show a Great Star doing her superb stuff.

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