Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5. USA, 1953. Paramount Pictures. Screenplay by Billy Wilder, Edwin Blum, based on the play by Donald Bevan, Edmund Trzcinski. Cinematography by Ernest Laszlo. Produced by Billy Wilder. Music by Franz Waxman. Production Design by Franz Bachelin, Hal Pereira. Costume Design by Allan Sloane. Film Editing by George Tomasini. Academy Awards 1953.
Inmates in a prisoner-of-war camp in World War II Germany are the subject of this excellent drama, directed by Billy Wilder. The group of men are all stuck together in too-close quarters, causing tension and anxiety among all of them, until they finally come together in the end to help a good friend escape. William Holden is excellent as the bandleader among them, the smart and savvy guy who thinks he can woo his captors towards anything he chooses. Excellent, bristling dramatic development all set to a great screenplay.