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The Great Dictator -- In his controversial masterpiece The Great Dictator, Charlie Chaplin offers both a cutting caricature of Adolf Hitler and a sly tweaking of his own comic persona. Chaplin, in his first pure talkie, brings his sublime physicality to two roles: the cruel yet clownish "Tomainian" dictator and the kindly Jewish barber who is mistaken for him.
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Charles Chaplin (written by)
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Release Date:
7 March 1941 (USA) See more »
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The Comedy Masterpiece! See more »
Plot:
Dictator Adenoid Hynkel tries to expand his empire while a poor Jewish barber tries to avoid persecution from Hynkel's regime. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 5 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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Immortal classic movie with dual character for Chaplin as barber Jew and Dictator Hynkel See more (192 total) »

Cast

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Charles Chaplin ... Hynkel - Dictator of Tomania / A Jewish Barber

Jack Oakie ... Napaloni - Dictator of Bacteria

Reginald Gardiner ... Schultz

Henry Daniell ... Garbitsch

Billy Gilbert ... Herring
Grace Hayle ... Madame Napaloni
Carter DeHaven ... Bacterian Ambassador (as Carter De Haven)

Paulette Goddard ... Hannah
Maurice Moscovitch ... Mr. Jaeckel (as Maurice Moscovich)
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Jaeckel
Bernard Gorcey ... Mr. Mann
Paul Weigel ... Mr. Agar

Chester Conklin ... Barber's Customer
Esther Michelson ... Jewish Woman
Hank Mann ... Storm Trooper Stealing Fruit
Florence Wright ... Blonde Secretary
Eddie Gribbon ... Tomanian Storm Trooper
Rudolph Anders ... Tomanian Commandant at Osterlich (as Robert O. Davis)
Eddie Dunn ... Whitewashed Storm Trooper
Nita Pike ... Secretary

George Lynn ... Commander of Storm Troopers (as Peter Lynn)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wheeler Dryden ... Heinrich Schtick - Translator (voice)
Fred Aldrich ... Soldier (uncredited)
Richard Alexander ... Tomainian Prison Guard in 1918 (uncredited)
Sig Arno ... Compact Parachute Inventor (uncredited)
William Arnold ... Tomanian Officer (uncredited)
Joe Bordeaux ... Ghetto Extra (uncredited)
Don Brodie ... Reporter from International Press (uncredited)

Hans Conried ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)

Gino Corrado ... Sculptor (uncredited)
John Davidson ... Hospital Superintendent (uncredited)
Max Davidson ... Jewish Man (uncredited)
Lew Davis ... Hospital Orderly (uncredited)
Francis Ernest Drake ... Storm Trooper (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Friendly Storm Trooper (uncredited)

Bud Geary ... Storm Trooper (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Officer (uncredited)
Eddie Hart ... Policeman (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Big Bertha Gunnery Officer (uncredited)
William Irving ... Man Seated on Bed (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Banquet Butler (uncredited)
Ethelreda Leopold ... Blonde Secretary (uncredited)
Torben Meyer ... Bald Barbershop Customer (uncredited)
Jules Michelson ... Man in Ghetto (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Hynkel's Staff Officer (uncredited)
Nellie V. Nichols ... Jewish Woman (uncredited)
Manuel París ... Dance Extra at Ball (uncredited)
Jack Perrin ... Jewish Man (uncredited)
Lucien Prival ... Storm Trooper Officer (uncredited)
Cyril Ring ... Officer Extra (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore ... Soldier (uncredited)
Tiny Sandford ... Soldier in 1918 Tomainia (uncredited)
Francesca Santoro ... Aggie (uncredited)
Hans Schumm ... Soldier (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Jewish Fruit Stand Proprietor (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Prison Guard (uncredited)
Carl Voss ... Officer (uncredited)
Leonard Walker ... Conductor (uncredited)
Leo White ... Hynkel's Barber (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Soldier in Field (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Chaplin 
 
Writing credits
Charles Chaplin (written by)

Produced by
Charles Chaplin .... producer (uncredited)
Carter DeHaven .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
Meredith Willson (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Karl Struss (director of photography)
Roland Totheroh (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Willard Nico (film editor)
Harold Rice (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
J. Russell Spencer 
 
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle (uncredited)
 
Makeup Department
Ed Voight .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Alfred Reeves .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wheeler Dryden .... assistant director
Dan James .... assistant director
Robert Meltzer .... assistant director (as Bob Meltzer)
Alex Finlayson .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
William Bogdanoff .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Dick Fritsch .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Frank Veseley .... painter (uncredited)
Clem Widrig .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Glenn Rominger .... sound
Percy Townsend .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Ralph Hammeras .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jack Cosgrove .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Buster Wiles .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Frank Testera .... chief electrician (uncredited)
William Wallace .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Wyn Ritchie .... costumer (uncredited)
Ted Tetrick .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Meredith Willson .... musical director
Carmen Dragon .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman .... musician: violin (uncredited)
Al Kaye .... music librarian (uncredited)
Max Terr .... assistant musical director (uncredited)
Max Terr .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Meredith Willson .... conductor (uncredited)
Meredith Willson .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Henry Bergman .... general assistant (uncredited)
Rollin Brown .... laboratory contact (uncredited)
Kay Clement .... secretary (uncredited)
Evelyn Earle .... script clerk (uncredited)
Monroe Greenthal .... press representative (uncredited)
Moody .... dailies projectionist (uncredited)
Kathleen Pryor .... secretary (uncredited)
Gene Testera .... filing clerk (uncredited)
Carl Voss .... military advisor (uncredited)
Oscar Wright .... purchasing (uncredited)
 
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125 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG | Canada:G (Quebec) | Denmark:7 (2003) | Finland:K-12 | Finland:S (re-release) | France:U | Germany:6 | Germany:6 (DVD rating) | Germany:(Banned) (original rating) | Ireland:(Banned) (original rating) | Ireland:PG (re-rating) | Italy:(Banned) (Original rating) | Italy:T (re-rating) | Japan:G (2010) | Netherlands:14 (1973) | Norway:7 | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/12 | Portugal:M/12 (DVD) | Portugal:M/12 (R-10) (re-release) | South Korea:All | Spain:T (re-rating) | Spain:18 (re-rating) (1976) | Spain:(Banned) (1940-1976) | Sweden:Btl (uncut) (1972) | Sweden:Btl (cut) (1945) | UK:U (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2003) | USA:Approved (PCA #6611) (original rating) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:G (re-rating) (1972) | West Germany:12 (original rating)

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Trivia:
Although she had appeared in Modern Times (1936) and her father Carter DeHaven appears in this film, Gloria DeHaven does not appear in this film, although she has been credited as appearing in it.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: (at around 30 mins) When the Jewish Barber has just returned to the Ghetto and is cleaning his windows, his white overcoat changes from buttoned to unbuttoned throughout the fight scene.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Title Cards:Note, any resemblance between Hynkle the Dictator and the Jewish Barber is purely co-incidental.
Title Cards:This is a story of a period between two World Wars - an interim in which Insanity cut loose. Liberty took a nose dive, and Humanity was kicked around somewhat.
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Soundtrack:
String Quintet in E, Op. 13 No. 5: MinuetSee more »

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Immortal classic movie with dual character for Chaplin as barber Jew and Dictator Hynkel, 3 March 2009
Author: ma-cortes

This ingenious and innovate comedy packs many moments priceless and great sense of pace, though overlong. Chaplin's satire with several classics scenes , he has dual role as a Jewish barber and dictator Hynkel, an offensive portrayal of Hitler . Then the barber is mistaken for the Hitlerian tyrant and happen bemusing events. Funny and extraordinaries acting of all casting, as the co-stars Jack Oakie as Napolini(Mussolini-alike), Henry Daniel as Gasbstich(Himmler-alike) and Billy Gilbert as Herring( Goering). Chaplin's first spoken film is brilliantly photographed by Karl Struss.This splendid film contains numerous amusing scenes, the funniest are the following : 1) The one when during the WWI the barber-soldier along with a co-pilot are flying in a turned plane without aware 2)Dictator Adenoid Hynkel doing overacting speeches including a twisted microphone 3)Hynkel playing with an enormous balloon of the world 4)The Jew-barber shaving a man fitting to Hungarian Dance number 5 of Brahms 5) when Hynkel and Napolini each try to keep his body higher than other in a barber's chair; among them.

Hitler banned movie exhibition to the Germans due to its satire of him, and put him in his death list after his proposed conquest of America.The movie is co-starred by Paulette Goddard, third of his four wives , they were married in 1936, although no announcement of the marriage was made later, one time finished The Great Dictator.The picture was released in 1940, when Chaplin had survived a moral scandal by a paternity suit but a brush with the House of Un-American Activities was the signal for the USA to refuse him re-entry from Britain and he fled to Switzerland.

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