Stalag 17 (1953)

Billy Wilder directs William Holden, Don Taylor and Otto Preminger in this POW drama where a low level racketeer is suspected of being a snitch to the Germans by his bunk mates.

A very bleak look at POW life, slightly camouflaged by the witty dialogue and some daft broad comedy moments. It doesn’t entirely shake loose of its stagey source material as a feature film. William Holden’s Oscar winning lead turn is exemplary though.

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