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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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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


The Reel Infatuation Blogathon: Sgt. J.J. Sefton of Stalag 17

By shadowsandsatin on Jun 16, 2016 From Shadows and Satin

Sgt. J.J. Sefton of Stalag 17. Hubba hubba! When I learned that Silver Screenings and Font and Frock were hosting a blogathon about favorite silver screen crushes, I was on board like a sailor after a weekend pass. (Or something like that. You know what I mean.) Why was I so excited about this parti... Read full article


Stalag 17 (1953)

By Beatrice on Oct 3, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Stalag 17 Directed by Billy Wilder Written by Billy Wilder and Edwin Blum from a play by Donald Bevin and Edmund Trzcinski 1953/USA Paramount Pictures Repeat viewing/Netflix rental Lt. James Skylar Dunbar: We sort of hope you’d laugh yourselves to death. Billy Wilder wise-cracks his way thr... Read full article


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Quotes from

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


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


Oberst Von Scherbach: Nobody has ever escaped from Stalag 17. Not alive, anyway.


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Facts about

The role of Sefton was originally written for Charlton Heston. But as the role evolved and became more cynical, William Holden emerged as the director's choice. Holden was asked to see the play on which the movie was based. He walked out at the end of the first act. He was later convinced to at least read the screenplay.
Von Scherbach and the other officers of the camp are wearing Wermacht (Army) uniforms and caps. The stalag camps were operated by the Luftwaffe and, therefore, their caps and uniforms would have been slightly different (obvious from the emblems on the officer's caps).
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.
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