Music: Weltschmen

The Office of Strategic Services was producing propaganda material to be beamed across the battlefronts into Nazi Germany in 1942, but suspected its Hooper rating was low. In casting about for some way to lure more listeners to their radios, OSS remembered Marlene Dietrich. Her voice was far from the greatest in the world, but it had a haunting huskiness that Germans could well remember from such early Dietrich movies as The Blue Angel and from dozens of records (Jonny, Mein Blondes Baby, etc.). Actress Dietrich agreed. OSS picked familiar pop tunes and...

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