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Stalag 17


Overview - Billy Wilder's adaptation of the Broadway hit stars William Holden as the cynical Sefton. Set in the eponymous German prison camp during WWII, the director's broad, black comedy focuses on a group of decidedly unheroic prisoners. While they spend most of their time trying to entertain each other with comedy routines and pin-ups, they also occasionally entertain thoughts of escape.  Read more...

 

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Overview

Billy Wilder's adaptation of the Broadway hit stars William Holden as the cynical Sefton. Set in the eponymous German prison camp during WWII, the director's broad, black comedy focuses on a group of decidedly unheroic prisoners. While they spend most of their time trying to entertain each other with comedy routines and pin-ups, they also occasionally entertain thoughts of escape. But escape is the last thing on the mind of the hard, calculating Sefton, a wheeler-dealer who's salted away a stash of creature comforts which are the envy of the barracks. When a couple of prisoners are killed while attempting to escape, Sefton collects the money he won by betting against their success, and many believe that it was he who informed the Germans. After a new prisoner, Lt. Dunbar (Don Taylor) talks openly about having bombed a German ammo train, he's immediately subjected to a harsh interrogation by sadistic commandant Oberst von Scherbach (Otto Preminger). Their suspicions confirmed, the prisoners take revenge against Sefton. A film whose depiction of American G.I.s as ordinary, even selfish, people probably seemed seemed edgier in the 1950s than it does now, it remains a durable entertainment, with incisive performances by Holden and Preminger.

Awards:
1953 - Academy Awards - Best Actor Winner

Cast List

Billy Wilder - Director/screenwriter/producer
Samuel Wilder - Director/screenwriter/producer
Franz Waxman - Film composer
Peter Graves - American actor, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (1967)
Peter Aurness - American actor, MISSION IMPOSSIBLE (1967)
Neville Brand - American Character Actor
Sig Ruman - Actor, HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN
Sig Rumann - Actor, HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN
Otto Preminger - Director/Producer/Actor
Otto Ludwig Preminger - Director/Producer/Actor
Robert Strauss - American Comic TV/Film Actor
Doane Harrison - Hollywood Editor, SUNSET BOULEVARD (1958), STALAG 17 (1953)
Don Taylor - Actor/Director
Ernest Laszlo - Hungarian Director of Photography/in USA
Hal Pereira - Production Designer
Edwin Blum - American Screenwriter
Edwin Harvey Blum - American Screenwriter
Harvey Lembeck - American Character Actor
William Holden - American actor, STALAG 17, SUNSET BOULEVARD, NETWORK
William Franklin Beedle Jr. - American actor, STALAG 17, SUNSET BOULEVARD, NETWORK
Bill Holden - American actor, STALAG 17, SUNSET BOULEVARD, NETWORK
George Tomasini - American Editor
Franz Bachelin - Art Director\"Stalag 17"

 
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  • Color Format: B&W
  • UPC: 883929304929

Related Categories:
Movies > Dramas

Related Keywords:
Classic
Prison/Prisoners
World War II
Recommended
Essential Cinema

 
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Notes:
STALAG 17 served as the inspiration for the popular TV show HOGAN'S HEROES.

 
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