Stalag 17 is a 1953 comedy-drama 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. The film was adapted by Billy Wilder and Edwin Blum from the Broadway play of the same name by Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski, which was based on their experiences as prisoners in Stalag 17B in Austria.
Stalag 17 begins on "the longest night of the year" in December 1944 in a Luftwaffe prisoner-of-war camp somewhere along the Danube River. The story is narrated by Clarence Harvey "Cookie" Cook. The camp holds Poles, Czechs, Russian women and, in the American compound, 640 sergeants from bomber crews, gunners, radiomen, and flight engineers.
|award||Academy Award for Best Actor National Board of Review: Top Ten Films|
|events||World War II|
|keywords||air raid attack on pearl harbor barbed wire betray betty grable cleveland create danube danube river eat escape tunnel feldwebel harry james id kill luftwaffe prisoner-of-war camp march married matchbook movie star oberst officer candidate school pass pearl harbor pick up plymouth schutzstaffel stalag talk think tin can tunnel wait when johnny comes marching home|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Actor Academy Award for Best Director Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor|