World War II prisoner of war camp - Stalag Luft I


World War II - Prisoners of War - Stalag Luft I 

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Nelson R. Gidding

  Lt. Nelson R. Gidding
  B-26 Navigator
  Shot down 11/30/43

   Stalag Luft I POW
   South Compound



 Writer and Director of the Stalag Luft I production of "Hit the Bottle". Began writing his novel "End Over End" (1946) while a Prisoner of War at Stalag Luft I.

Screenwriter Nelson Gidding died of congestive heart failure on May 1, 2004 at age 84. Mr. Gidding was nominated in 1958, along with Don Mankiewicz for the Best Screenplay Adapted Oscar for the true crime drama "I Want to Live!" The movie was directed by Robert Wise. Mr. Wise and Mr. Gidding made five films together, including the original version of "The Haunting (1953) "  and "Odds Against Tomorrow  (1959)."   Nelson Gidding’s many credits include the adaptation of Michael Crichton’s "The Andromeda Strain  (1971)", "Nine Hours to Rama" which dealt with the assassination of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the cheesy Burt Reynolds’ missing-link film "Skullduggery," "The Hindenberg" (1975),  "Beyond the Poseidon Adventure (1979)" and "Onionhead." Mr. Gidding served his country in the Army Air Corp during WWII. His B-26 was shot down in Italy and Mr. Gidding spent 18 months in a German POW camp. He
lived next door to Larry David in Los Angeles and taught screenwriting at USC’s film school.

Nelson Gidding was honored with a memorial tribute at the 2005 Academy Awards.

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Hit the Bottle Program:

Hit the Bottle - POW play in WWII Germany   

    Hit the Bottle - A play by Nelson Gidding


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