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Stalag 17 (1953) Poster

(1953)

Goofs

Continuity 

Even though he synchronized watches with Sefton, it takes Hoffy approximately 55 seconds to count from thirty seconds to one second, the point when the prisoners throw Price out of the barracks.
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Anachronisms 

As is common in many older World War II movies, the SS men sent to transport Dunbar to Berlin are wearing the iconic black SS uniforms that were discontinued as duty wear in 1939, 5 years before the setting of the film. Additionally, the uniform of one of them has a cuff title with just the numeral "2." Cuff titles were only worn by combat units, such as the Waffen-SS, and contained unit names and/or symbols. Worn on a general duty SS man this cuff title makes no sense and refers to no known SS organization.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

As the last seconds the film begins to fade out, you see Cookie whistling "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again", but the audio is not in sync.
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Continuity 

When William Holden's character is laying on his bed on his back and first notices the swinging light bulb's shadow near his feet, the next scene shows the light from his bunk and there is no light source behind the swinging light that could have cast that shadow.
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Just before Sefton reveals the spy, he throws an open jackknife onto the table and says, "Here's the knife to do it with. Only make sure you got the right throat." The knife quivers and barely sticks in the table. Shortly after, the knife is stuck firmly in the table, more upright.
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Stanislas "Animal" Kasava is falling on his butt into the mud, but his white underwear isn't getting dirty. Two minutes later running to see the Russians girls, he falls again and then he's muddy all over.
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When Cookie starts to remove the radio from the pants leg of the soldier on crutches, it's visible right at the hem, but when the camera cuts away and then cuts back a moment later, Cookie is reaching farther up the pants leg to remove the radio.
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At the movie's beginning, it says that at least the two escapees will have the longest night of the year (December 21st). Towards the end of the movie, it's Christmas eve (December 24). Yet at least two weeks of events have elapsed since the movie's beginning and the end.
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When Sefton knocks on the water tank to signal Dunbar to come out we see the third faucet is dripping then when Sefton is rubbing Dunbar's leg to warm him up it isn't dripping anymore.
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The length of the lamp cord for the mailbox signal changes in many scenes. When we see it "knotted" and Shultz pulls it down the first time it sets less than a foot over the table. Then in another scene it is hung closer to 3 feet over the same table. The next mail drop it again pulls down very close to the table. Then after the information about the "time bomb" is delivered it now hangs higher again.
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Again with the lamp cord.Goof,in the name of "cinematic invention."Sefton sees the bulb and cord in silhouette on a brightly lit wall, yet later scenes reveal no rear light source: window, etc. able to cast the shadow. Also, when Sefton leans back on the bunk, his head casts a shadow on the bunk post in the opposite direction.
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Crew or equipment visible 

The partial moving shadow of the dolly camera is visible for 1-2 seconds in the lower left hand corner as the dolly camera shoots it's close up of the lieutenant in the water tower in the daylight, before the scene cuts to night time.
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Errors in geography 

It's December 1944. Every morning at 6:00 it's roll call for the prisoners of Stalag 17. Although in the middle of December in southern Germany the sun will never rise before 8:00 the roll call in the movie is in full daylight.
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Factual errors 

Schulz is identified as a Feldwebel or Sergeant but he is wearing the rank insignia of an 'Unteroffizier' or Corporal. The German Army's rank insignia were on the shoulder straps. A Feldwebel's insignia would be 'lace' that went around all edges of the shoulder strap plus a star or 'pip' on the strap. Schulz's shoulder straps do not have lace at the bottom of the strap nor do they have have stars; that is the insignia of an Unteroffizier.
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When Sefton is explaining how he got hold of the telescope, he explains that he got together a "few lenses and a mirror". The telescope he has in the barracks is a refractor telescope, which doesn't use mirrors.
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It was routine policy in the Third Reich to send captured Jewish enemy soldiers to extermination camps. This being the case, it's rather implausible that one of the prisoners in Stalag 17 is named Shapiro.
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Price says he was with the 366th Bomb Squadron of the 35th Bomb Group at Chelveston. The 366th belonged to the 305th Group at Chelveston. The 35th Group flew antisubmarine patrol from British Guiana. In addition, Lt. Dunbar states he was with the 92nd Bomb Group at Waddington. Waddington was an RAF Bomber Command base. The 92nd BG was based at Podington.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

In at least two scenes, German solders are seen using US Browning 30 cal. machine guns; some still think of it as an error, but the use of captured enemy equipment was common by all sides in the war. A POW compound would be the ideal place to locate captured weapons, with a relatively limited ammo supply, while they still served to deter escape.
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We learn from the escape plan in the beginning of the movie that the Stalag 17 prison camp is located on the river Danube near Linz, which is on the Austrian and German Border. Later in the movie, when the prisoners are watching the women in the Russian compound, Cookie claims that on a clear day, you could see the Swiss Alps with this telescope. Nobody could see the Swiss Alps with even the best telescope, from this point of view, because the Austrian Alps would definitely be in the way. This could be a simple exaggeration of the power of the telescope within the character of the prisoners whose scientific knowledge is limited. With a good telescope one can see mountains on the moon; no telescope can ever show anything beyond the horizon.
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The map of Germany in von Scherbach's office in 1944 would include not only Austria and Sudetenland but also Gdansk/Danzig and the Polish Corridor, large parts of western Poland and the Saarland, all considered ethnically German by the Nazis and incorporated into the Reich. This could simply be an obsolete map never discarded.
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Revealing mistakes 

When Dunbar climbs out of the water tank he nudges two icicles that move. If they were real icicles they would have broken.
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When Harry Shapiro pulls the teabag out of his pocket to dunk it into Lt. Dunbar and Sgt. Bagradian's tea cups, you can see the pocket is wet from previous takes.
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Spoilers

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Continuity 

During the smokescreen plan to rescue Dunbar from the SS, an improvised smoke bomb is hidden in an amputee soldier's pants leg. It slips out and creates smoke. However, in the wide shot of the commotion smoke can clearly be seen from several smoke bombs on the ground, not just one.
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