Stalag 17

Stalag 17

William Holden
Director: Billy Wilder Cast: William Holden
William Holden
, Don Taylor
Don Taylor
, Otto Preminger
Otto Preminger
Billy Wilder

DVD (Wide Screen / Subtitled / B&W / Dubbed)

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Overview

The scene is a German POW camp, sometime during the mid-1940s. Stalag 17, exclusively populated by American sergeants, is overseen by sadistic commandant Oberst Von Schernbach (Otto Preminger) and the deceptively avuncular sergeant Schultz (Sig Ruman). The inmates spend their waking hours circumventing the boredom of prison life; at night, they attempt to arrange escapes. When two of the escapees, Johnson and Manfredi, are shot down like dogs by the Nazi guards, Stalag 17's resident wiseguy Sefton (William Holden) callously collects the bets he'd placed concerning the fugitives' success. No doubt about it: there's a security leak in the barracks, and everybody suspects the enterprising Sefton -- who manages to obtain all the creature comforts he wants -- of being a Nazi infiltrator. Things get particularly dicey when Lt. Dunbar (Don Taylor), temporarily billetted in Stalag 17 before being transferred to an officer's camp, tells his new bunkmates that he was responsible for the destruction of a German ammunition train. Sure enough, this information is leaked to the Commandant, and Dunbar is subjected to a brutal interrogation. Certain by now that Sefton is the "mole," the other inmates beat him to a pulp. But Sefton soon learns who the real spy is, and reveals that information on the night of Dunbar's planned escape. Despite the seriousness of the situation, Stalag 17 is as much comedy as wartime melodrama, with most of the laughs provided by Robert Strauss as the Betty Grable-obsessed "Animal" and Harvey Lembeck as Stosh's best buddy Harry. Other standouts in the all-male cast include Richard Erdman as prisoner spokesman Hoffy, Neville Brand as the scruffy Duke, Peter Graves as blonde-haired, blue-eyed "all American boy" Price, Gil Stratton as Sefton's sidekick Cookie (who also narrates the film) and Robinson Stone as the catatonic, shell-shocked Joey. Writer/producer/director Billy Wilder and coscenarist Edmund Blum remained faithful to the plot and mood the Donald Bevan/Edmund Trzcinski stage play Stalag 17, while changing virtually every line of dialogue-all to the better, as it turned out (Trzcinski, who like Bevan based the play on his own experiences as a POW, appears in the film as the ingenuous prisoner who "really believes" his wife's story about the baby abandoned on her doorstep). William Holden won an Academy Award for his hard-bitten portrayal of Sefton, which despite a hokey "I'm really a swell guy after all" gesture near the end of the film still retains its bite today.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/26/2017
UPC: 0032429283948
Original Release: 1953
Rating: NR
Source: Paramount
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W, Wide Screen]
Sound: [DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time: 2:00:00
Sales rank: 4,825

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
William Holden Sefton
Don Taylor Lieutenant Dunbar
Otto Preminger Von Scherbach
Robert Strauss "Animal" Stosh
Harvey Lembeck Harry Shapiro
Peter Graves Price
Sig Rumann Schulz
Neville Brand Duke
Richard Erdman Hoffy
Michael Moore Manfredi
Peter Baldwin Johnson
Robinson Stone Joey
Robert Shawley Blondie
William Pierson Marko
Gil Stratton Cookie/Narrator
Jay Lawrence Bagradian
Erwin Kalser Geneva Man
Ross Bagdasarian Actor
Mike Bush Dancer
Donald Cameron Actor
Janice Carroll Actor
Jerry Gerber Actor
Peter Leeds Barracks No. 1 POW
Harald Maresch Actor
William McLean Actor
John Mitchum Actor
Robin Morse Actor
Joe Ploski German Guard Volley
Paul Salata Prisoners with Beards
James R. Scott Actor
Billy Sheehan Actor
John Patrick Veitch Actor
Alexander J. Wells Actor
Max Willenz German Lieutenant Supervisor
Bob Templeton Actor
Richard P. Beedle Actor
Tommy Cook Prisoners of War

Technical Credits
Billy Wilder Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Franz Bachelin Art Director
Edwin Blum Screenwriter
Sam Comer Set Decoration/Design
Gene Garvin Sound/Sound Designer
Doane Harrison Editor
Gordon Jennings Special Effects
Ernest Laszlo Cinematographer
Harold Lewis Sound/Sound Designer
Ray Moyer Set Decoration/Design
Hal Pereira Art Director
George Tomasini Editor
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Wally Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stalag 17
1. Prisoners of War
2. Roll Call
3. Chow
4. The Radio
5. Sergeant JJ Sefton
6. Mail Call
7. Lieutenant Dunbar
8. Kangaroo Court
9. The Geneva Man
10. A Ringer
11. Party Time
12. Crazy Scheme
13. The Stoolie
14. Escape

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