|" No 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.