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. The screenplay concerns an East German athlete who defects to the West by pole-vaulting over the Berlin Wall.
|The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz|
|Directed by||George Marshall|
|Produced by||Edward Small|
|Screenplay by||Albert E. Lewin|
|Story by||Ken Englund|
|Music by||Jimmie Haskell|
|Edited by||Grant Whytock|
Edward Small Productions
|Distributed by||United Artists|
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.
- Elke Sommer as Paula Schultz
- Bob Crane as Bill Mason
- Werner Klemperer as Klaus
- Joey Forman as Herbert Sweeney
- John Banner as Weber
- Leon Askin as Oscar
- Maureen Arthur as Barbara Sweeney
- Theodore Marcuse as Owl (as Theo Marcuse)
- Larry D. Mann as Grossmeyer
- John Myhers as Boss
- Barbara Morrison as Klabfus
- Fritz Feld as Kessel
The film was based on an original screenplay by Ken Englund which Edward Small bought in 1966. Harry Tugend was hired to rewrite it.
Bob Crane was given the lead due to his success in Hogan's Heroes with three other members of the series shooting the film during the summer hiatus in 1967; several other guest stars from the series also appeared in the film.
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).
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