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Stalag 17


William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss View All


Billy Wilder (Writer), Billy Wilder (Screenplay), Edwin Blum (Writer), Billy Wilder (Director) View All

Release: May 29th, 1953
Runtime: 2 hours
It's a dreary Christmas 1944 for the American POWs in Stalag 17 and the men in Barracks 4, all sergeants, have to deal with a grave problemóthere seems to be a security leak.
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5 Stalag 17 (1953)
Long before Hoganís Heroes came to TV in 1965, there was Stalag 17. It's sitcom versus straight drama. And Hoganís Heroes was a much better production. While Stalag 17 attempted to portray prisoners...

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If there's one part of Stalag 17 that I reckon doesn't work, it's some of the comedic elements - chiefly, the odd-couple duo of the wise-cracking Shapiro and his dopey pal Animal, especially as they get into the sort of antics that wouldn't seem out of place on Hogan's Heroes (such as one scene where they pretend to be painting a road as an excuse to sneak into a part of the camp designated for female prisoners, to say nothing of a scene where Animal mistakes Shapiro for Betty Grable).