William Holden shines in 'Stalag 17'

Harvey Lembeck, left, William Holden and Robert Strauss in "Stalag 17." Three years after his indelible Oscar-nominated performance as a struggling screenwriter who makes a fatal mistake when he becomes involved with a once-famous silent film star (Gloria Swanson) in Billy Wilder's "Sunset Boulevard," William Holden reteamed with the filmmaker for "Stalag 17." The World War II drama has just been released on Blu-ray for its 60th anniversary. Holden won his only lead actor Oscar for his gripping performance as a cynical, antisocial American prisoner at a German POW camp whom his barracks mates believe is a stoolie.
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