Stalag 17 Billy Wilder directed and co-wrote this savagely dark 1953 comedy set in a German POW camp during World War II. Based on the hit Broadway play by Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski, Stalag 17 features William Holdens Oscar-winning turn as Sgt. J.J. Sefton, a fast-talking cynic who wheels and deals with his captors for treasured items like cigarettes and eggs that none of the other prisoners have. Of course, Sefton will give his fellow captives these delicacies, for a price. Because of his attitude, the prisoners dont respect Sefton. And when he bets that two soldiers trying to escape one night wont make it as far as the nearby forest they both are shot the others believe is he also a traitor and collaborator. Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss, Harvey Lembeck and Peter Graves also star.