Stalag 17 Billy Wilder’s direction of the tale of suspense, humour and high drama is always gripping, but seems curiously dated now. Still, the performances make it more than worthwhile.
The object of this story from 1953 is to show how courage and a sense of humour helped a group of Americans to survive in a German prison camp.
Therefore it combines hilarity with tragedy.
Chief ingredient of the plot is the existence of a spy in the barracks who reports all the men’s actions to the Germans.
The stars are William Holden, Don Taylor and Otto Preminger. Film4 7.25pm CET