Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, War
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.
William Holden threw himself into the role with a great deal of intensity. His hair was cropped into a crewcut and his face unshaven, a look that not only gave the character reality but also undercut the actor's good looks. Usually friendly and lively on a movie set, he was withdrawn on the Stalag 17 set and complained about the noise and pranks among the rest of the cast, some of whom had an easy camaraderie from more than a year of doing the play on stage. But as his confidence grew in the role, Holden became more at ease, sometimes even frivolous, on the set.
We will grab some shovels and we will undig that tunnel which you digged.
Animal: Shulz, why don't we just plug up the tunnel with the Commandant in one end, and you in the other?
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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