To Be or Not to Be Movie Review 1942

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Sophisticated black comedy set in wartime Poland. Lombard and Benny are Maria and Josef Tura, the Barrymores of the Polish stage, who use the talents of their acting troupe to protect the Warsaw Resistance against the invading Nazis. The opening sequence is regarded as a cinema classic. One of Benny's finest film performances, the movie marks Lombard's final screen appearance--she was killed in a plane crash druing a war bond drive shortly after completing the film. Classic Lubitsch. Remade in 1983 with Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft.


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Available on VHS, DVD
Running time 102 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Black Comedy, The Resistance, World War II, Nazis & Other Paramilitary Slugs
Ernst Lubitsch, Edwin Justus Mayer, Melchior Lengyel
Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack, Sig Rumann, Lionel Atwill, Felix Bressart, Helmut Dantine, Tom Dugan, Charles Halton, Stanley Ridges, George Lynn, Halliwell Hobbes, Miles Mander, Henry Victor, Leslie Denison, Frank Reicher, John Kellogg, James Finlayson, Roland Varno
Rudolph Mate
Ernst Lubitsch
Werner R. Heymann, Miklos Rozsa
Alexander Korda, Ernst Lubitsch, United Artists


Natl. Film Reg. 1996.

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