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To Be or Not to Be (1942)

To Be or Not to Be
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Carole Lombard Carole Lombard
Maria Tura
Jack Benny Jack Benny
Joseph Tura
Robert Stack Robert Stack
Lieutenant Stanislav Sobinski
Felix Bressart Felix Bressart
Lionel Atwill Lionel Atwill
Stanley Ridges Stanley Ridges
Professor Siletsky
Sig Ruman Sig Ruman
Colonel Ehrhardt
Tom Dugan Tom Dugan

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Melchior Lengyel Melchior Lengyel
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Edwin Justus Mayer Edwin Justus Mayer


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An old classic

6 years, 10 months ago at Jan 27 8:57
The main reason why I wanted to watch this flick was because it was included in the list ‘1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die’. To be honest, usually, even though I have a lot of respect for such old classic comedies, I find most of them rather dated and they never really blow me away (a notable exception would be the greatest masterpieces directed by Charles Chaplin which are just amazing... read more
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In occupied Poland during WWII, a troupe of ham stage actors (led by Joseph Tura and his wife Maria) match wits with the Nazis. A spy has information which would be very damaging to the Polish resistance and they must prevent it's being delivered to the Germans.
Release date: 6 March 1942
Tags: 1940s (13), Comedy (12), 1942 (10), Usa (8), War (8), Nazi (8), WWII (6), Airplane (6), Drama (6), Gestapo (6), Hitler (6), Theater (5), Satire (5), Suicide Attempt (5), Scotland (5), Jealousy (4), Rehearsal (4), Poland (3), Appeasement (3), Black Comedy (3)
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" Compared to a lot of other comedies this one holds itself remarkably well and has become funnier after it's release (and the fact that WW2 ended with the allies winning). It is full of wit and great satirical dialogue and takes many surprising twists. Sadly, Carole Lombard's final film who is fantastic here. "

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"Carole Lombard Carole Lombard’s final film called on the actress to marshal her considerable talents to depict the only character in a story about role playing who is always portraying herself. In To Be or Not to Be, Ernst Lubitsch’s early entry in what would become an enduring genre—the send-up of Nazism that uses comedy to lampoon its excesses but also underscore its threat—Lombard plays Maria Tura, stage star in Warsaw on the eve of Germany’s invasion of Poland. The company she and"

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