The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz
Country United States
Director George Marshall
|Writer Ken Englund, Albert E. Lewin|
Release date January 3, 1968 (1968-01-03)
Based on story by Ken Englund
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. An East German athlete defects to the West by pole-vaulting over the Berlin Wall.
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.
Four of the main actors involved in the film (Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner, and Leon Askin) also worked together in the popular late 1960s sitcom Hogan's Heroes. Crane, Banner, and Klemperer appeared in every episode, and Askin had a frequent recurring role.
In the film Kill Bill: Volume 2, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, the character played by Uma Thurman is buried alive in a grave marked "Paula Schultz".
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.
Reviews were poor.
ReferencesThe Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz Wikipedia
The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz IMDb