Stalag 17

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Billy Wilder followed up his brilliant Ace in the Hole with this darkly comic adaptation of Donald Bevan’s and Edmund Trzcinski’s stage play about an assortment of American airmen getting through the days in a German POW camp at the twilight of the... read more
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Billy Wilder followed up his brilliant Ace in the Hole with this darkly comic adaptation of Donald Bevan’s and Edmund Trzcinski’s stage play about an assortment of American airmen getting through the days in a German POW camp at the twilight of the Second World War.William Holden stars as the laconic J.J. Sefton, a prisoner whose cynical and mercenary disposition leads his fellow prisoners to conjecture his role as an informant after two men are shot in an attempt to escape the compound. But who exactly is the real spy shuttling inside knowledge to the ever-watchful Oberst von Scherbach (director Otto Preminger in what would become an iconic screen-role)? Only after the film builds towards an explosive crescendo is the answer finally revealed…A commercial success upon its release in 1953, Stalag 17 retains its reputation as one of the finest World War II films of all-time. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to continue its association with the work of the eminently versatile Billy Wilder with the release of Stalag 17, appearing here for the first time on Blu-ray.

Original Release

05/29/1953

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Cast

William Holden Sgt. J.J. Sefton
Don Taylor Lt. James Dunbar
Otto Preminger Oberst von Scherbach
Robert Strauss Sgt. Stanislaus 'Animal' Kuzawa
Harvey Lembeck Sgt. Harry Shapiro
Richard Erdman Sgt. 'Hoffy' Hoffman
Peter Graves Sgt. Frank Price
Neville Brand Duke
Sig Ruman Sgt. Johann Sebastian Schulz
Michael Moore Sgt. Manfredi
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Billy Wilder

Writers

Billy Wilder, Edwin Blum, Donald Bevan, Edmund Trzcinski

Cast

William Holden Sgt. J.J. Sefton
Don Taylor Lt. James Dunbar
Otto Preminger Oberst von Scherbach
Robert Strauss Sgt. Stanislaus 'Animal' Kuzawa
Harvey Lembeck Sgt. Harry Shapiro
Richard Erdman Sgt. 'Hoffy' Hoffman
Peter Graves Sgt. Frank Price
Neville Brand Duke
Sig Ruman Sgt. Johann Sebastian Schulz
Michael Moore Sgt. Manfredi
Peter Baldwin Sgt. Johnson
Robinson Stone Joey
Robert Shawley Sgt. 'Blondie' Peterson
William Pierson Marko the Mailman
Gil Stratton Sgt. Clarence Harvey 'Cookie' Cook
Jay Lawrence Sgt. Bagradian
Erwin Kalser Geneva Man
Edmund Trzcinski 'Triz' Trzcinski

Producers

Editors

George Tomasini

1954 Oscar Best Actor in a Leading Role Won
1954 Oscar Best Actor in a Supporting Role Nominated
1954 Oscar Best Director Nominated
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