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Stalag 17 ()


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When two escaping American World War II prisoners are killed, the German P.O.W. camp barracks black marketeer, J.J. Sefton, is suspected of being an informer.

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Sgt. J.J. Sefton
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Lt. James Dunbar
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Oberst von Scherbach
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Sgt. Stanislaus 'Animal' Kuzawa
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Sgt. Harry Shapiro
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Sgt. 'Hoffy' Hoffman
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Sgt. Frank Price
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Duke
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Sgt. Johann Sebastian Schulz
Michael Moore ...
Sgt. Manfredi
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Sgt. Johnson
Robinson Stone ...
Joey
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Sgt. 'Blondie' Peterson
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Marko the Mailman
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Sgt. Clarence Harvey 'Cookie' Cook (as Gil Stratton Jr.)
Jay Lawrence ...
Sgt. Bagradian
Erwin Kalser ...
Geneva Man
Edmund Trzcinski ...
'Triz' Trzcinski
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marie Ardell ...
Russian Woman Prisoner (uncredited)
Irene Bacha ...
Russian Woman Prisoner (uncredited)
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Singing Prisoner of War (uncredited)
Rodric Beckham ...
Prisoner of War (uncredited)
Richard P. Beedle ...
Prisoner of War (uncredited)
Tina Blagoi ...
Russian Woman Prisoner (uncredited)
Mike Bush ...
Dancer (uncredited)
Don Cameron ...
Prisoner of War (uncredited)
Janice Carroll ...
Russian Woman Prisoner (uncredited)
Jarvis Caston ...
Prisoner of War (uncredited)
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Prisoner of War (uncredited)
Beatrice Da Yarr ...
Russian Woman Prisoner (uncredited)
James Dabney Jr. ...
Prisoner of War (uncredited)
Zina Dennis ...
Russian Woman Prisoner (uncredited)
Yvette Eaton ...
Russian Woman Prisoner (uncredited)
Thomas B. Fleming ...
Prisoner of War (uncredited)
Carl Forcht ...
German Lieutenant (uncredited)
Ralph Gaston ...
Prisoner of War (uncredited)
Jerry Gerber ...
Prisoner of War (uncredited)
Lana Golubeff ...
Russian Woman Prisoner (uncredited)
Ross Gould ...
Von Scherbach's Orderly (uncredited)
Russell Grower ...
Prisoner of War (uncredited)
Alla Gursky ...
Russian Woman Prisoner (uncredited)
Willy Kaufman ...
German Barrack Sergeant (uncredited)
William LaChasse ...
Prisoner of War (uncredited)
Olga Lebedeff ...
Russian Woman Prisoner (uncredited)
Forrest Lederer ...
Prisoner of War (uncredited)
Peter Leeds ...
Barracks #1 Prisoner of War Getting Distillery (uncredited)
Wesley Ling ...
Prisoner of War (uncredited)
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German Lieutenant (uncredited)
Maurice Marks ...
Prisoner of War (uncredited)
Svetlana McLe ...
Russian Woman Prisoner (uncredited)
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Prisoner of War (uncredited)
Constance C. Meyer ...
Russian Woman Prisoner (uncredited)
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Prisoner of War (uncredited)
Robin Morse ...
Prisoner of War (uncredited)
William Mulcahy ...
Prisoner of War (uncredited)
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German Guard - Volleyball Player (uncredited)
Harry Reardon ...
Prisoner of War (uncredited)
Paul Salata ...
Bearded Prisoner (uncredited)
William Schramm ...
German Sentry (uncredited)
James R. Scott ...
Prisoner of War (uncredited)
Bill Sheehan ...
Prisoner of War (uncredited)
A. Gerald Singer ...
Steve - The Crutch (uncredited)
Mara Sondakoff ...
Russian Woman Prisoner (uncredited)
Warren Sortomme ...
Prisoner of War (uncredited)
Fred Spitz ...
German Barrack Sergeant (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ...
German Barrack Sergeant (uncredited)
Audrey Strauss ...
Russian Woman Prisoner (uncredited)
Herbert Street ...
Prisoner of War (uncredited)
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Bit Part (uncredited)
Bob Templeton ...
Bearded Prisoner (uncredited)
Del Tenney ...
(uncredited)
Lyda Vashkulat ...
Russian Woman Prisoner (uncredited)
John Veitch ...
Prisoner of War (uncredited)
Steve Wayne ...
Prisoner of War (uncredited)
Alexander J. Wells ...
Bearded Prisoner (uncredited)
Max Willenz ...
German Lieutenant Supervisor (uncredited)
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German Private (uncredited)

Directed by

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Billy Wilder

Written by

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Billy Wilder ... (written for the screen by) and
Edwin Blum ... (written for the screen by)
 
Donald Bevan ... (based on the play by) and
Edmund Trzcinski ... (based on the play by)

Produced by

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William Schorr ... associate producer
Billy Wilder ... producer

Music by

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Franz Waxman ... (uncredited)

Cinematography by

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Ernest Laszlo ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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George Tomasini

Editorial Department

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Doane Harrison ... editorial advisor
Robert Lawrence ... assistant editor (uncredited)

Casting By

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Bill Greenwald ... (uncredited) (casting)
Bert McKay ... unit casting director (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Franz Bachelin
Hal Pereira

Set Decoration by

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Sam Comer
Ray Moyer

Makeup Department

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Wally Westmore ... makeup supervisor
Harry Ray ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Hugh Brown ... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Don Robb ... unit production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Frank Baur ... assistant director (uncredited)
Charles C. Coleman ... assistant director (uncredited)
Harvey Dwight ... assistant director (uncredited)
Al Mann ... assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Earl Olin ... props (uncredited)
Tom Plews ... props (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Gene Garvin ... sound recordist
Harold Lewis ... sound recordist
John Camarda ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Lyle Figland ... boom operator (uncredited)
Charles Kelly ... mike grip (uncredited)
August Van Koughnet ... sound cable (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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Gordon Jennings ... special photographic effects

Camera and Electrical Department

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Neal Beckner ... camera operator (uncredited)
Don English ... still photographer (uncredited)
Thomas E. 'Pep' Lee ... best boy (uncredited)
Walter McLeod ... grip (uncredited)
Roy Roberts ... gaffer (uncredited)
Harlow Stengel ... assistant camera (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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J. Allen Slone ... wardrobe

Music Department

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Franz Waxman ... musical settings
Larry Bunker ... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Leonid Raab ... orchestrator (uncredited)
Troy Sanders ... music advisor (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Irving Cooper ... script clerk (uncredited)

Other crew

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Harry Hogan ... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Max Kolpé ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Art Sarno ... publicist (uncredited)
Edmund Trzcinski ... technical advisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

It's a dreary Christmas 1944 for the American POWs in Stalag 17. For the men in Barracks 4, all sergeants, have to deal with a grave problem - there seems to be a security leak. The Germans always seem to be forewarned about escapes and in the most recent attempt the two men, Manfredi and Johnson, walked straight into a trap and were killed. For some in Barracks 4, especially the loud-mouthed Duke, the leaker is obvious: J.J. Sefton, a wheeler-dealer who doesn't hesitate to trade with the guards and who has acquired goods and privileges that no other prisoner seems to have. Sefton denies giving the Germans any information and makes it quite clear that he has no intention of ever trying to escape. He plans to ride out the war in what little comfort he can arrange, but it doesn't extend to spying for the Germans. As tensions mount and a mob mentality takes root, it becomes obvious that Sefton will have to find the real snitch if he is to have any peace and avoid the beatings Duke and others have inflicted on him. Written by garykmcd

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Taglines Hilarious, heart-tugging! You'll laugh...you'll cry...you'll cheer William Holden in his great Academy Award role! (from reissue print ad) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Traidor en el infierno (Spain)
  • 戰地軍魂 (Taiwan)
  • Flykten från fångläger 17 (Sweden)
  • Fångläger nr 17 (Sweden)
  • A 17-es fogolytábor (Hungary)
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  • 120 min
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Budget $1,661,530 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia William Holden never felt he deserved an Oscar for his performance in this film. His wife felt it was to compensate for him not winning for Sunset Blvd. (1950). See more »
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, whilst they still served to deter escape. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Paramount Presents (1974). See more »
Soundtracks When Johnny Comes Marching Home See more »
Quotes Sefton: There are two people in this barracks who know I didn't do it. Me and the guy that did do it.
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