During a high profile Mafia testimony case in California's Riverside County, a hired killer checks-in a hotel room near the courthouse while his next door depressed neighbor wants to commit suicide due to marital problems.
A congressional committee visits occupied Berlin to investigate G.I. morals. Congresswoman Phoebe Frost, appalled at widespread evidence of human frailty, hears rumors that cafe singer Erika, former mistress of a wanted war criminal, is "protected" by an American officer, and enlists Captain John Pringle to help her find him...not knowing that Pringle is Erika's lover.Written by
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its initial television broadcast took place in Chicago Sunday 4 January 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), followed by Seattle 23 January 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), and it soon became a popular local favorite the moment it was telecast, in Milwaukee 3 May 1959 on WIKI (Channel 6), in Minneapolis 6 May 1959 on WTCN (Channel 11), in Omaha 2 June 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), in Grand Rapids 4 September 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), in Detroit, where it was shown in two parts Thursday-Friday 1-2 October 1959 on WJBK (Channel 2), in Toledo 10 October 1959 on WTOL (Channel 11), in Phoenix 15 November 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), in Johnstown 18 November 1959 on WJAC (Channel 6), in Philadelphia 19 December 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), in St. Louis 18 February 1960 on KMOX (Channel 4) in San Francisco 22 October 1960 on KPIX (Channel 5), and, finally, in New York City 21 January 1961 and in Los Angeles 8 April 1961 on KNXT (Channel 2). After nearly 70 years, it's more popular than ever, and was released on DVD 10 June 2013 by Universal Studios and Turner Classic Movies, where it also receives frequent cable presentations. See more »
When the Americans are flying over Berlin, the scenery outside Phoebe's (Jean Arthur's) window never changes. See more »
in this excellent and underrated Billy Wilder film. Dietrich plays a former Nazi trying to hide behind a post-war American boyfriend. Jean Arthur plays a spinster American congresswoman, and John Lund is the man they both fall for. The scenes of bombed-out Berlin are astonishing, and the 3 stars are wonderful in this sly comedy that gets better with every viewing. The highlights tho are Dietrich's musical numbers sung in a basement speakeasy. She sings the great "Black Market" with composer Frederick Hollander at the piano. She sings LIVE and it's electrifying. She also sings "The Ruins of Berlin" and "Lovely Illusions." Jean Arthur is also good in one of her last films. Millard Mitchell, Bill Murphy, Stanley Prager, and Gordon Jones co-star. A must!
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