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Stalag 17 Overview:

Stalag 17 (1953) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Billy Wilder and produced by Billy Wilder and William Schorr.

The film was based on the play of the same name written by Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski performed at the 48th Street Theatre, NY from May 8, 1951 - Jun 21, 1952.

Academy Awards 1953 --- Ceremony Number 26 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorWilliam HoldenWon
Best Supporting ActorRobert StraussNominated
Best DirectorBilly WilderNominated
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There's a Spy in Stalag 17

By Rick29 on Nov 24, 2019 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

William Holden as Sefton. Considering it was made by one of Hollywood's most versatile directors, it's no surprise that Billy Wilder's Stalag 17 flows back and forth effortlessly between drama and comedy. Set in a German prisoner of war camp during World War II, the dramatic storyline focuses on a ... Read full article


COMEDY GOLD #16: Animal and Shapiro from Stalag 17 (1953)

By Carol Martinheira on Jun 22, 2019 From The Old Hollywood Garden

COMEDY GOLD #16: Animal and Shapiro from Stalag 17 (1953) On June 22, 2019June 22, 2019 By CarolIn Uncategorized Birthday boy Billy Wilder’s flair for balacing comedy and drama in the same movie is legendary and revered. And, barring The Apartment (1960), one cou... Read full article


Review: Stalag 17 (1953)

By 4 Star Film Fan on May 26, 2019 From 4 Star Films

I grew up with Hogan’s Heroes reruns on our Magnavox analog television. In fact, at one point it was my favorite show because it had such a colorful cast, it was perennially entertaining and utterly goofy to the extreme. But others have understandably?decried the show because they see it findi... Read full article


Stalag 17 (1953, Billy Wilder)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Apr 17, 2019 From The Stop Button

Stalag 17 opens with narration explaining the film isn?t going to be like those other WWII pictures, where the soldiers are superhuman and the film bleeds patriotism. No, Stalag 17 is going to be something different?first off, it takes place not on the battlefield, but a German prison camp. Through ... Read full article


Stalag 17 (1953, Billy Wilder)

on Apr 17, 2019 From The Stop Button

Stalag 17 opens with narration explaining the film isn?t going to be like those other WWII pictures, where the soldiers are superhuman and the film bleeds patriotism. No, Stalag 17 is going to be something different?first off, it takes place not on the battlefield, but a German prison camp. Through ... Read full article


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Quotes from

Sgt. Schulz: [on seeing the men wearing Hitler moustaches] Bah! One Fuhrer is enough!


Oberst Von Scherbach: I'm grateful for a little company. I suffer from insomia.
Lt. James Skylar Dunbar: Did you ever try 40 sleeping pills?


Sgt. Schulz: [preparing POWs for an important inspection] The barracks should be schpic, and also schpan!


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Facts about

William Holden did not like the part of Sefton at all as written in the script, thinking him too selfish. He kept asking Billy Wilder to make Sefton nicer and Wilder refused. Holden actually refused the role but was forced to do it by the studio.
The story takes place during the time of the "Battle of the Bulge" in December, 1944. The men learn about it on their secret radio before the Germans take it away.
According to the Virgin Film Guide, Otto Preminger's POW Camp Commandant character Colonel Oberst von Scherbach in this film is a play on Erich von Stroheim's similar character Captain von Rauffenstein in Jean Renoir's, La grande illusion. Although Preminger played a Nazi officer, in real life, he was Jewish.
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