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The Great Dictator -- In Charlie Chaplin's Oscar-nominated satire of Nazi Germany, dictator Adenoid Hynkel has a double: a poor Jewish barber who one day is mistaken for Hynkel.

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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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A politcal satire with an important message See more (181 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)
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)
Al Kaye .... music librarian (uncredited)
Max Terr .... assistant musical director (uncredited)
Max Terr .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Meredith Willson .... conductor (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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Runtime:
125 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:TE | 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 | 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Charles Chaplin accepted an invitation to perform the movie's climactic speech on national radio.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When the Jewish Barber first finds his shop full of webs, you can see the shadow of the camera on his left shoulder.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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Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Fascisti su Marte (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
Prelude to 'Lohengrin' , Act I See more »

FAQ

Which people in real life are the characters supposed to represent?
How did Chaplin accomplish the upside down plane stunt?
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40 out of 44 people found the following review useful.
A politcal satire with an important message, 9 January 2001
Author: lugonian from Kissimmee, Florida

"The Great Dictator" (United Artists, 1940), became the long awaited talking debut of silent film comedian, Charlie Chaplin (who also wrote and directed), in a political satire on Adolph Hitler, only the way Chaplin dared to do at the time. He plays a Jewish barber and Hynkel, dictator of Tomania. Some of the humor cannot really be obsorbed at first glance, but after repeated viewing, it gets better. My personal classic moment occurs with Chaplin in the barber shop working on a bald-headed customer by giving him a shave while listening to a classical composition on the radio, never missing a beat. Co-starring opposite Chaplin for the second and final time is Paulette Goddard as Hannah. Goddard became the only Chaplin leading lady to ever make a success on her own while the others just drifted to "B" movies or faded away. Jack Oakie as Napaloni, the Dictator of Bacteria (a spoof on Mussolini), appears late in the story but shares with Chaplin some of its brilliant comedic moments. Both Chaplin and Oakie earned Academy Award nominations for their performances (Chaplin for Best Actor/Oakie for Best Supporting Actor), but no wins. Henry Daniell as Garbitsch and Reginald Gardiner as Schultz also share the spotlight. Aside from Chaplin's screenplay in poking fun of its then current issues on European invasion by the Nazis, "The Great Dictator" expertly blends satire with dramatic overtones. Its closing scene in which Chaplin makes a speech pleading for all people to follow the path of peace, brotherhood and democracy, is not to be missed. Whether this movie is above or beyond the Marx Brothers' "Duck Soup" (Paramount, 1933) is anyone's matter of taste.

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