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)
|Best Actor||William Holden||Won|
|Best Supporting Actor||Robert Strauss||Nominated|
|Best Director||Billy Wilder||Nominated|
William Holden is a prisoner in “Stalag 17”By Stephen Reginald on Mar 26, 2021 From Classic Movie Man
William Holden is a prisoner in “Stalag 17” Stalag 17 (1953) is an American comedy-drama directed by Billy Wilder set in a German prisoner of war camp during World War II. The film is based on the Broadway play of the same name written by Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski. Bevan and... Read full article
There's a Spy in Stalag 17By 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
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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
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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
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Oberst Von Scherbach: Curtains would do wonders for this barracks. You will not get them.
Sgt. Schulz: [on seeing the men wearing Hitler moustaches] Bah! One Fuhrer is enough!
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The film is based on a play of the same name which is based on the experiences and reminisces of its authors Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski both of whom were prisoners of war in Stalag 17B in Austria during World War II. Bevan, a B-17 tail gunner who was shot down over Germany in 1943, was the inspiration for the character Sergeant McIlhenny in Twelve O'Clock High.
This film was one of the biggest hits of Billy Wilder's career. He expected a big piece of the profits. The studio accountants informed him that since his last picture Ace in the Hole lost money, the money that picture lost would be subtracted from his profits on this film. Wilder left Paramount shortly after that.
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