Stalag 17 script
Stalag 17 (1953)
Synopsis: One night in 1944 in a German POW camp housing American airmen, two prisoners try to escape the compound and are quickly discovered and shot dead. Among the remaining men, suspicion grows that one of their own is a spy for the Germans. All eyes fall on Sgt. Sefton (William Holden) who everybody knows frequently makes exchanges with German guards for small luxuries. To protect himself from a mob of his enraged fellow inmates, Sgt. Sefton resolves to find the true traitor within their midst.

THE HUNDEFUEHRER

A German guard plodding along inside the barbed wire with

four mean mastiffs straining at the leash. The light from

the goon tower grazes over him.

ONE OF THE BARRACKS

The light sweeps slowly over the long shack. Catches the

sign:
BARACKE 4. Catches one of the doors, locked from outside

with a heavy wooden bar.

INSIDE BARRACK:

Bunks on both sides. Tripledecked bunks. In the bunks seventy-

five American P.O.W.s huddled in blankets. In between the

bunks, in the little space left to them, crude tables, an

iron stove, makeshift stools. Every inch crowded with whatever

they have. Up above and all the way down the barrack hangs

their wash. Over all of it, the heavy stench of seventy-five

men cooped up. From outside through the broken, patched

windows the searchlight sweeps over the bunks. The men are

all asleep. Or are they?

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