Published/Performed: May 8, 1951 - Jun 21, 1952
Author: Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski
Film: Stalag 17
Donald Bevan (born 1920) was an American playwright whose works include the Broadway play Stalag 17, co-written with Edmund Trzcinski.
Edmund Trzcinski (2 January 1921 ? 3 June 1996) was an American playwright who was born in The Bronx, New York City, New York and died in Manhattan. An enlisted member of the 8th Air Force his airplane was shot down over Germany and he was sent to Luft Stalag 17B. His most notable work is the Broadway play Stalag 17 which he co-wrote with Donald Bevan, a fellow POW in Germany.
The 1953 film, Stalag 17, is an adaptation of the play. Produced and directed by Billy Wilder, it starred William Holden, Don Taylor, Robert Strauss, Neville Brand, Harvey Lembeck, and Peter Graves (Strauss and Lembeck both appeared in the original Broadway production); Wilder also cast Otto Preminger in the role of the camp's Commandant. Trzcinski appears in the film as a prisoner.
The play was directed by Jos? Ferrer and was the Broadway debut of John Ericson as Sefton. It began its run in May 1951, continued for 472 performances and was based on the experiences of its authors. The character Sefton was loosely based on Joe Palazzo, a flier in Edmund Trzcinski's prisoner-of-war barracks.
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