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Stalag 17

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  Stalag 17 Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
8.67 /10
William Holden , Don Taylor, Otto Preminger3
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Directed by: Billy Wilder
Written by: Billy Wilder, Edwin Blum from play by Donald Bevan, Edmund Trzinski

Released: 1953
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: BW
Length: 119

Lusty, boisterous American prisoners-of-war suspect a traitor in their midst; suspicion falls on a loner (William Holden, pictured).
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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A black comedy with melodramatic overtones, Stalag 17 baffled some British reviewers but was very well received in America, both critically and commercially. William Holden showed a power that hadn't been apparent in his performances before, and was well supported by a fine array of character actors. Otto Preminger is especially memorable as the gloatingly sadistic Kommandant, a role for which many who had been directed by him felt he was ideally suited. Ernest Laszlo's photography and Franz Waxman's score are outstanding.

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