The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz

The Wicked Dreams of Paula Schultz
Directed by George Marshall
Produced by Edward Small
Written by Ken Englund
Screenplay by Albert E. Lewin
Nat Perrin
Burt Styler
Starring Elke Sommer
Bob Crane
Werner Klemperer
Music by Jimmie Haskell
Cinematography Jacques Marquette
Edited by Grant Whytock
Edward Small Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • January 3, 1968 (1968-01-03)
Running time
113 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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] An East German athlete defects to the West by pole-vaulting over the Berlin Wall.[2]


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.[3] Henry Tugend was hired to rewrite it.[4]

Bob Crane was given the lead due to his success in Hogan's Heroes.[5]


Reviews were poor.[6][7][8]

See also


  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. 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.
  7. 'The Wicked Dreams of Paula ...': Lively athleticism By Alan N. Bunce. The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current file) [Boston, Mass] 02 Feb 1968: 4.
  8. 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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