one has ever escaped from Stalag 17 ... reason being ...
there's a spy in the barracks"
Synopsis: Billy Wilder's adaptation
of the Broadway wartime drama hit which is based on a German
prison camp during W.W.II starring William Holden as the cynical,
antisocial hustler Sargent J.J. Sefton who becomes wrongly
accused of being the spy ... by, well you guessed it, the
spy himself. Shows a fictional life of POW's trials and tribulations
as they try to survive and keep sane amongst the Germans POW
Camp. This film deals with the lighter side (comedy) to the
more dramatic (jealousy, death, betrayal.) It became the basis
for the popular TV sitcom Hogan's Heroes in the 1960's.
This is not a dance film, but does have a very fun swing dance
scene as the POW's start swing dancing with each other in
the barracks as they try to reminisce being home with their
loved ones during Christmas and ones fondness for Betty Grable.
Overall a very good film with or without the dance scene.
1953 Oscar: William Holden, Best Actor Award.