Stalag 17

Stalag 17 (1953)

Genres - Comedy, Drama, Family, Thriller, War  |   Sub-Genres - Christmas Film  |   Release Date - Jun 6, 1953  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - United States of America  |   MPAA Rating - TV-PG
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Stalag 17 is a 1953 war film which tells the story of a group of American airmen held in a German World War II prisoner of war camp, who come to suspect that one of their number is an informant. It was adapted from a Broadway play.

Produced and directed by Billy Wilder, it starred William Holden, Don Taylor, Robert Strauss, Neville Brand, Harvey Lembeck, Peter Graves and Otto Preminger in the role of the camp's commandant. Strauss and Lembeck both appeared in the original Broadway production.

The film was adapted by Wilder and Edwin Blum from the Broadway play by Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski which was based on their experiences as prisoners in Stalag 17B in Austria. (Trzcinski appears in the film as a prisoner.) The play was directed by José Ferrer and was the Broadway debut of John Ericson as Sefton. First presented at the Edwin Burke Memorial Theater of The Lambs, a theatrical club, on March 11, 1951 (staged by the authors). It began its Broadway run in May 1951 and continued for 472 performances. The character Sefton was loosely based on Joe Palazzo, a flier in Trzcinski's prisoner-of-war barracks.

The script was rewritten quite a bit by Wilder and Blum and the film was shot in chronological order (not the usual practice as that method is more expensive and time-consuming). In a featurette made later, members of the cast said that they themselves did not know the identity of the informant until the last three days of shooting.

Peter Graves recalled the film was held from release for over a year due to Paramount Pictures not believing anyone would be interested in seeing a film about prisoners of war. The 1953 release of American POWs from the Korean War led Paramount to release it on an exploitation angle.

Movie Info

Budget

$1,661,530

Tags

Barracks, Broadway, Chess, Christmas, Escape, German, Guard, Plant, Prisoner Of War, Prisoner Of War Camp, Security, Spy

Attributes

Based On: based on plays, Stalag 17
Narrative Location: Germany
Subject: World War II

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Alternate Titles

17号囚房
CN
A 17-es fogolytábor
HU
Bag pigtråd i Stalag 17
DK
Casuslar Kampı
TR
Fångläger 17
FI
Fångläger nr 17
SE
Flykten från fångläger 17
SE
Inferno na Terra
PT
Inferno Número 17
BR
Inferno Nº 17
BR
Infierno 17
AR
Infierno en la tierra
MX, ES, UY, VE
O Inferno Nº 17
BR
O katadotis tou thalamou 17
GR
Stalag 17
AU, AT, CA, CZ, EC, FR, DE, IN, IT, PL, RO, RS, SI, GB, US
Stalag 17 - L'inferno dei vivi
IT
Thalamos exontoseos 17
GR
Traidor en el infierno
ES
Vankileiri 17
FI
Θάλαμος Εξοντώσεως 17
GR
Ο καταδότης του θαλάμου 17
GR
Лагер 17
BG
Лагерь для военнопленных 17
RU
Табір для військовополонених 17
UA
战地军魂
CN
戰地軍魂
TW
第十七号战俘营
CN
第十七捕虜収容所
JP