It's a dreary Christmas 1944 for the American POWs in Stalag 17. For the men in Barracks 4, all sergeants, have to deal with a grave problem - there seems to be a security leak. The Germans always seem to be forewarned about escapes and in the most recent attempt the two men, Manfredi and Johnson, walked straight into a trap and were killed. For some in Barracks 4, especially the loud-mouthed Duke, the leaker is obvious: J.J. Sefton, a wheeler-dealer who doesn't hesitate to trade with the guards and who has acquired goods and privileges that no other prisoner seems to have. Sefton denies giving the Germans any information and makes it quite clear that he has no intention of ever trying to escape. He plans to ride out the war in what little comfort he can arrange, but it doesn't extend to spying for the Germans.

Movie Data


Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 2h 0m

Budget $1,661,530.00

Revenue -

Homepage -

Release Information

  • May 29, 1953



Cast 18

  1. William Holden

    William Holden
    Sgt. J.J. Sefton

  2. Don Taylor

    Don Taylor
    Lt. James Dunbar

  3. Otto Preminger

    Otto Preminger
    Oberst von Scherbach

  4. Robert Strauss

    Robert Strauss
    Sgt. Stanislaus 'Animal' Kuzawa

  5. Harvey Lembeck

    Harvey Lembeck
    Sgt. Harry Shapiro

  6. Richard Erdman

    Richard Erdman
    Sgt. 'Hoffy' Hoffman

  7. Peter Graves

    Peter Graves
    Sgt. Frank Price

  8. Neville Brand
  9. Sig Ruman

    Sig Ruman
    Sgt. Johann Sebastian Schulz

  10. MM

    Michael Moore
    Sgt. Manfredi

  11. Peter Baldwin

    Peter Baldwin
    Sgt. Johnson

  12. RS
  13. RS

    Robert Shawley
    Sgt. 'Blondie' Peterson

  14. WP

    William Pierson
    Marko the Mailman

  15. Gil Stratton

    Gil Stratton
    Sgt. Clarence Harvey 'Cookie' Cook

  16. JL

    Jay Lawrence
    Sgt. Bagradian

  17. EK

    Erwin Kalser
    Geneva Man

  18. ET

    Edmund Trzcinski
    'Triz' Trzcinski

Crew 16


  1. FB

    Franz Bachelin
    Art Direction

  2. HP

    Hal Pereira
    Art Direction

  3. SC

    Sam Comer
    Set Decoration

  4. RM

    Ray Moyer
    Set Decoration


  1. EL

    Ernest Laszlo
    Director of Photography

Costume & Make-Up

  1. WW

    Wally Westmore
    Makeup Artist


  1. Billy Wilder

    Billy Wilder


  1. George Tomasini


  1. Billy Wilder

    Billy Wilder

  2. WS

    William Schorr
    Associate Producer


  1. FW

    Franz Waxman
    Original Music Composer


  1. Billy Wilder

    Billy Wilder

  2. DB

    Donald Bevan
    Theatre Play

  3. ET

    Edmund Trzcinski
    Theatre Play

  4. Billy Wilder

    Billy Wilder

  5. EB

    Edwin Blum

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