Out with the new, in with the old. I mentioned many posts ago that Billy Wilder is in a lot of ways my favorite director was Billy Wilder. He’s probably best known for Some Like it Hot and The Apartment, but his POW drama Stalag 17 is my favorite. It’s one of those movies that builds tension so well and then cuts it with comic relief. William Holden won an Oscar for his portrayal of Sefton, the hoarder who nobody likes but everybody needs. There’s a German spy in their barracks, and only Sefton can sift (sorry) him out.

To say any more would be to ruin the joy of the film, but I highly recommend it. Also look for the sixth-most highest decorated (in WWII) soldier-turned-actor Neville Brand in a supporting role. He’s got one of those faces you just want to punch. But unlike first-most-decorated soldier-turned-actor Audie Murphy, Brand could actually act.

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