The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz
|The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz|
|Directed by||George Marshall|
|Produced by||Edward Small|
|Written by||Ken Englund
Albert E. Lewin
|Edward Small Productions|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|Release date(s)||3 January 1968|
|Running time||113 minutes|
The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz is a 1968 American comedy film directed by George Marshall and starring Elke Sommer, Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer and Leon Askin. An East German athlete defects to the West by pole-vaulting over the Berlin Wall.
Paula Schultz has been preparing to compete in the Olympic Games, but instead pole-vaults over the Berlin Wall to freedom in West Germany.
A black-market operator, Bill Mason, hides her in the home of an old Army buddy, Herb Sweeney, who now works for the CIA. Bill is willing to hand her over for a price, to either side, so a disappointed Paula returns to East Germany with propaganda minster Klaus instead. At this point, Bill comes to his senses, realizes he loves her, then disguises himself as a female athlete to get Paula back.
Four of the main actors involved in the film (Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner, and Leon Askin) also worked together on the set of the popular late 1960s sitcom Hogan's Heroes. Crane, Banner, and Klemperer appeared in every episode, and Askin had a frequent recurring role.
- Elke Sommer - Paula Schultz
- Bob Crane - Bill Mason
- Werner Klemperer - Klaus
- Joey Forman - Herbert Sweeney
- John Banner - Weber
- Leon Askin - Oscar
- Maureen Arthur - Barbara Sweeney
- Robert Carricart - Rocco
- John Banner - Weber
Bob Crane was given the lead due to his success in Hogan's Heroes.
- Elke Signed for 'Wicked Dreams' Martin, Betty. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 11 Aug 1966: d13.
- MOVIE CALL SHEET: Liz Signed for 'Comedians' Martin, Betty. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 04 Oct 1966: c15.
- New Time Angers Hogan's Heroes Star Gowran, Clay. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current file) [Chicago, Ill] 12 June 1967: a10.
- Paula Schulz' Wicked Dreams Are a Nightmare at Keith's By William Rice Washington Post Staff Writer. The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973) [Washington, D.C] 15 Feb 1968: E24.
- 'The Wicked Dreams of Paula ...': Lively athleticism By Alan N. Bunce. The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current file) [Boston, Mass] 02 Feb 1968: 4.
- The Screen: A Teutonic Striptease: ' The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz' Opens Elke Sommer a Victim of the Cold War By RENATA ADLER. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 04 Jan 1968: 28.