The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz

The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz is a 1968 DeLuxe Color (Deluxe Entertainment Services Group) American comedy film directed by George Marshall and starring Elke Sommer, Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer and Leon Askin.[1] The screenplay concerns an East German athlete who defects to the West by pole-vaulting over the Berlin Wall.[2]

The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz
Directed byGeorge Marshall
Produced byEdward Small
Screenplay byAlbert E. Lewin
Nat Perrin
Burt Styler
Story byKen Englund
StarringElke Sommer
Bob Crane
Werner Klemperer
Music byJimmie Haskell
CinematographyJacques Marquette
Edited byGrant Whytock
Edward Small Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • January 3, 1968 (1968-01-03)
Running time
113 minutes
CountryUnited States


Paula Schultz (Elke Sommer) 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 (Bob Crane), hides her in the home of an old Army buddy, Herb Sweeney (Joey Forman), 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 minister 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.



The film was based on an original screenplay by Ken Englund which Edward Small bought in 1966.[3] Harry Tugend was hired to rewrite it.[4]

Bob Crane was given the lead due to his success in Hogan's Heroes[5] with three other members of the series shooting the film during the summer hiatus in 1967[6]; several other guest stars from the series also appeared in the film.

Paperback Novelization

Slightly in advance of the film's release, per the practice of the era, Popular Library released a novelisation of the screenplay, pseudonymously by-lined Alton Harsh (the actual author may have been Al Hine).


Reviews were poor.[7][8][9]

See also


  1. "The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz" via
  2. "The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz (1967)".
  3. Elke Signed for 'Wicked Dreams' Martin, Betty. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 11 Aug 1966: d13.
  4. MOVIE CALL SHEET: Liz Signed for 'Comedians' Martin, Betty. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 04 Oct 1966: c15.
  5. New Time Angers Hogan's Heroes Star Gowran, Clay. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current file) [Chicago, Ill] 12 June 1967: a10.
  6. Royce, Brenda Scott Hogan's Heroes: Behind the Scenes at Stalag 13 St. Martin's Press, 10 Dec 2013
  7. 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.
  8. 'The Wicked Dreams of Paula ...': Lively athleticism By Alan N. Bunce. The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current file) [Boston, Mass] 02 Feb 1968: 4.
  9. 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.
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