The model of progressive East German women, star Olympian Paula Schultz (Elke Sommer) escapes from her country – and the clutches of Klaus the oily propaganda minister (Werner Klemperer) – by pole vaulting over the Berlin Wall, only to land in the arms of American crook Bill Mason (Bob Crane).
He is then blackmailed by the Commies into helping them get her back. Several interminable reels later, Paula is assuredly saved for democracy.
Instead of cooking up every possible excuse to get Elke Sommer out of her clothes (it’s a miracle she didn’t contract pneumonia during filming) the writers might have spent their time more profitably thinking up things for her to say.
The film features many cast members from the popular TV series, Hogans Heroes, including Bob Crane, Werner Klemperer, John Banner, and Leon Askin.
Henpecked husband Joey Forman and shrewish wife Maureen Arthur do the best they can with their thankless parts as Crane’s pals.
The best that can be said for Paula Schultz is that it offered plenty of work for everybody in Hollywood with a German accent.
Larry D. Mann
Harry von Zell