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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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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


Stalag 17 (1953)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 3, 2013 From 4 Star Films

Headlined by William Holden and directed by Billy Wilder, this is a great POW World War II film with its dramatic and comedic moments. Holden is the cynical camp scrounger Sefton and after some men are killed following an elaborate escape. everyone believes he is an informant. Tempers rise when two ... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: STALAG 17 (1953)

By Jennifer Garlen on May 21, 2012 From Virtual Virago

Stalag 17 (1953) is exactly the kind of war movie one might expect from Billy Wilder, the writer and director behind monumental classics like Double Indemnity (1944), Sunset Boulevard (1950), and Some Like It Hot (1959). Wilder’s darkest pictures inevitably reveal a grim sense of humor, while ... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: STALAG 17 (1953)

By Jennifer Garlen on May 21, 2012 From Virtual Virago

Stalag 17 (1953) is exactly the kind of war movie one might expect from Billy Wilder, the writer and director behind monumental classics like Double Indemnity (1944), Sunset Boulevard (1950), and Some Like It Hot (1959). Wilder’s darkest pictures inevitably reveal a grim sense of humor, while ... Read full article


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Quotes from

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: [amused] You Americans are so *crazy*! That's why I like you!


Oberst Von Scherbach: All right then, gentlemen, we are all friends again. And with Christmas coming on I have a special treat for you. I'll have you all deloused for the holidays and I'll have a little Christmas tree for every barrack. You will like that.


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Facts about

William Holden's acceptance speech for Best Actor was the shortest in Academy history up until that time. He said only two words: "Thank You." Holden hadn't meant to be so brief, but the televised TV broadcast of the Academy Awards ceremony was running long, and was about to be cut off the air. Holden later took out an ad in the Hollywood trade publications thanking the people he had intended to thank in his speech. The briefness of Holden's speech was later surpassed by Alfred Hitchcock (who accepted his Irving Thalberg Award in 1967 with a simple "Thanks.") and by John Mills, who after playing a mute character in Ryan's Daughter, accepted his 1971 Best Supporting Actor award with a simple smile and a thankful nod of the head.
Kirk Douglas claimed he was offered the William Holden role, but turned it down because he had not been impressed by the stage play on which the film was based.
According to the Virgin Film Guide, this film provided the template and inspiration for the television sitcom series Hogan's Heroes. Moreover, this is particularly also the case for one of its chief characters, Sgt. Johann Schulz (played by Sig Ruman) who is said to have provided the basis for the character of Sgt. Hans Georg Schultz in Hogan's Heroes (played by John Banner). However, this assertion as been disputed legally and lost though many people still believe it.
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