YMMV / Stalag 17

  • Angst? What Angst?: Quite funny for a POW film. The film's success actually led directly to the creation of Hogan's Heroes.
    • Slightly Truth in Television, as POWs try to do anything - including pulling pranks - to keep morale up.
  • Consolation Award: William Holden's Best Actor Oscar win might come off as compensation for his failure to earn an Oscar for his performance in Sunset Boulevard, three years earlier. His wife admitted believing this on their way home from the ceremony.
  • Ear Worm: "When Johnny Comes Marching Home"
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • During Mail Call, Marco repeatedly calls out for a prisoner by the name of McCain; during the 2008 Presidential elections, Republican candidate John McCain sure did like reminding the American people that he was a prisoner of war.
    • There's also Sefton proclaiming that if he escapes, he'll be sent to the Pacific and wind up in a Japanese POW camp. Four years later William Holden did exactly that.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • That's Jim Phelps!
    • Sure you don't mean Captain Oveur?
    • Harry Shapiro is Eric Von Zipper from the Beach Party movies.
    • The barracks chief is Leonard from Community.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Sefton's barracks mates criticize him for his self-interested, mercenary behavior... and then brutalize him and decide he's a German informant based on zero concrete evidence. (And of course they're completely wrong about him) They proceed to then ostracize him and physically threaten Cookie just for being the guy's friend.
  • The Woobie: Joey. So much so that everyone in the barracks including the cynical Sefton do everything they can to take care of him.