Billy Wilder's Stalag 17 made its American debut on July 1, 1953, starring William Holden and Otto Preminger. Valuable Stalag 17 movie memorabilia includes one sheet, insert, half sheet and three sheet posters, pressbooks, original scripts and Belgian movie posters.
Paramount Pictures' Stalag 17 came to movie theaters in 1953. Directed by Billy Wilder and starring William Holden, Don Taylor, Otto Preminger, Robert Strauss, Harvey Lembeck, Richard Erdman, Peter Graves, Neville Brand and Sig Ruman, Stalag 17 features Holden as Sergeant J.J. Sefton, a wheeler dealer who's accused of being too cozy with the Germans amidst escape plans by the other American POWs. Made for $1.6 million, Stalag 17 premiered in London on May 29, 1953, earning three Academy Award nominations: Best Director, Best Actor (Holden, won) and Best Supporting Actor (Strauss).
Here are ten valuable Stalag 17 movie posters and collectibles that are sure to interest World War II film fans and movie memorabilia buffs. " Niiice guy. The Krauts shoot Manfredi and Johnson last night, and today he's out trading with them." - Neville Brand as Duke on William Holden's J.J. Sefton
Stalag 17 One Sheet Movie Poster
A standard one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in very fine- condition sold at auction for $84. Stalag 17 is based on the play of the same name by Donald Bevan and Edmund Trzcinski, which opened on Broadway on May 8, 1951, running for 472 performances at the 48th Street Theater.
Stalag 17 one sheet poster $84
Stalag 17 Insert Movie Poster
An insert movie poster (14x36-inches) in very good/fine condition brought $143.40 at auction. William Holden was the third choice for the role of the cynical wheeler dealer Sefton, behind Charlton Heston and Kirk Douglas, both of whom refused the part.
Stalag 17 Half Sheet Style B Movie Poster
A half sheet style B movie poster (22x28-inches) in fine/very fine condition sold at auction for $56. Stalag 17 is set at a German POW camp in December 1944.
Stalag 17 Three Sheet Movie Poster
A three sheet movie poster (41x81-inches) in fine/very fine condition brought $92 at auction.
Stalag 17 1959 Reissue One Sheet Movie Poster
Stalag 17 was re-released in 1959. A 1959 reissue one sheet movie poster (27x41-inches) in very fine- condition brought a modest $28 at auction.
Stalag 17 1959 reissue one sheet poster $28
Stalag 17 Billy Wilder's Final Script
An annotated Stalag 17 final "white" script signed by director Billy Wilder fetched a top bid of $1,912 at auction. Billy Wilder and William Holden had previously worked together in Sunset Boulevard (1950).
Stalag 17 1959 Reissue 40x60 Movie Poster
A 1959 reissue 40x60-inch movie poster in fine condition sold at auction for a bargain $11. Although Stalag 17 was a big box-office hit, Billy Wilder didn't see any of the profits. Paramount's accountants informed him that since his last movie Ace in the Hole had lost money, his Stalag 17 profits would be deducted from that picture. Not surprisingly, Wilder and Paramount soon parted ways.
Stalag 17 1959 reissue 40x60 one sheet poster $11
Stalag 17 1959 Reissue Insert Movie Poster
A 1959 reissue insert movie poster (14x36-inches) in fine condition sold at auction for $29.
Stalag 17 Belgian Movie Poster
A Belgian movie poster (14x22-inches) in fine/very fine condition brought $31 at auction. Stalag 17 was filmed at a movie ranch in Calabasas, California, which subbed as the muddy German prisoner of war camp.
Stalag 17 Belgian poster $31
Stalag 17 Movie Pressbook
A movie pressbook is valued at $25-35 in top condition. It contains Stalag 17's complete promotional campaign.
Stalag 17 Movie Memorabilia Credits & Top Image
- All auction results and images courtesy Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Texas
- Top image: Stalag 17 half sheet style B movie poster in fine/very fine condition $56
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