Stalag 17 (1953)

A very good World War II drama of American sergeants, completely set in a POW camp near the Rhine, that has, surprisingly, several comedy moments, and suspense, all well done.

One is wondering who’s the Nazi informer among the POW’s, with one sergeant (William Holden) getting the blame, but who turns the tables.

Themes of placing the blame on the most disliked person in the camp, is human nature, but may not be true, which the evidence will prove in the end. Message is don’t convict a man before proven he’s guilty. The real culprit is given his comeuppance, and the innocent go free. Although the execution of the story is lighter in comparison.

Very good in all departments, writing, direction, acting top notch, with an ironic touch on the ending that tops it off. Very engaging. It seemed to me as the precursor to television comedy series Hogan’s Heroes in some respects.

4 1/2 out of 5 stars

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