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To Be or Not to Be
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Director:
Writers:
Melchior Lengyel (original story)
Edwin Justus Mayer (screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 March 1942 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier's efforts to track down a German spy. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
I hope the real Nazis saw this one... See more (104 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Carole Lombard ... Maria Tura

Jack Benny ... Joseph Tura

Robert Stack ... Lieutenant Stanislav Sobinski

Felix Bressart ... Greenberg

Lionel Atwill ... Rawitch

Stanley Ridges ... Professor Siletsky

Sig Ruman ... Colonel Ehrhardt

Tom Dugan ... Bronski

Charles Halton ... Producer Dobosh

George Lynn ... Actor-Adjutant

Henry Victor ... Captain Schultz

Maude Eburne ... Anna
Halliwell Hobbes ... General Armstrong

Miles Mander ... Major Cunningham
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rudolph Anders ... Gestapo Sergeant at Desk at Top of Hotel Stairs (uncredited)
Paul Barrett ... Polish RAF Pilot (uncredited)

Sven Hugo Borg ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Peter Caldwell ... Wilhelm Kunze (uncredited)
Alec Craig ... Scottish Farmer Without Mustache (uncredited)

Helmut Dantine ... Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... Member of Audience at Performance of Hamlet (uncredited)
Leslie Denison ... Captain (uncredited)

James Finlayson ... Scottish Farmer with Mustache (uncredited)
James Gillette ... Polish RAF Pilot (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Second Reporter (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... German Soldier (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Polonius in Warsaw (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Reporter (uncredited)

John Kellogg ... RAF Flyer (uncredited)
Adolf E. Licho ... Prompter (uncredited)
John Meredith ... English Wireless Operator (uncredited)
Maurice Murphy ... Polish RAF Pilot (uncredited)
Russ Powell ... Warsaw Bystander (uncredited)

Frank Reicher ... Polish Official (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ... Co-Pilot (uncredited)

Gene Rizzi ... Polish RAF Pilot (uncredited)

Hans Schumm ... Special Investigations Squad (uncredited)

Stephen Soldi ... Warsaw Bystander (uncredited)
Count Stefenelli ... Member of Audience at Performance of Hamlet (uncredited)

Roland Varno ... Pilot (uncredited)
Ernö Verebes ... Stage Manager (uncredited)

Dorothy Vernon ... Member of Audience at Performance of Hamlet (uncredited)
Armand 'Curly' Wright ... Makeup Man (uncredited)

Wolfgang Zilzer ... Man in Bookstore (uncredited)

Directed by
Ernst Lubitsch 
 
Writing credits
Melchior Lengyel (original story)

Edwin Justus Mayer (screenplay)

Ernst Lubitsch  original story (uncredited)

Produced by
Ernst Lubitsch .... producer
 
Original Music by
Werner R. Heymann (musical score by)
 
Cinematography by
Rudolph Maté (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Dorothy Spencer (film editor)
 
Casting by
Victor Sutker 
 
Production Design by
Vincent Korda (production designed by)
 
Set Decoration by
Julia Heron (interior decoration)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Walter Mayo .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William McGarry .... assistant director
William Tummel .... assistant director
 
Art Department
J. McMillan Johnson .... associate art director (as J. MacMillan Johnson)
Jack Caffey .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Frank Maher .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... special effects (as Lawrence Butler)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene .... costumes: Miss Lombard
 
Music Department
Miklós Rózsa .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Eugene Zador .... orchestrator: Miklós Rózsa (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Alexander Korda .... presenter
Ryszard Ordynski .... technical supervisor (as Richard Ordynski)
 
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Runtime:
99 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:S | France:Tous publics | Netherlands:6 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1947) | South Korea:12 (2003) | Sweden:15 | UK:U (1997) | UK:U (1988) | UK:A (1942) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #7834) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
When war breaks out in Poland there's a scene where grave stones are destroyed by the bombing by the German forces. One of the grave stone that is shattered has the name "Benjamin Kubelsky" which is Jack Benny's birth name.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Maria types the memo to put under the pillow, she types two lines with a total of 18 keystrokes. However, the actual memo is four lines of about 80 plus keystrokes (not counting spaces).See more »
Quotes:
Capt. Schultz:But what if he doesn't talk?
Colonel Ehrhardt:Then we try a little physical culture.
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Polonaise in A major, Op. 40, No. 1, 'Military'See more »

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
I hope the real Nazis saw this one..., 25 July 2006
Author: Kyle Rains (krains@demac.com) from Dallas, Texas

Of course they probably wouldn't have gotten it, or even Hogan's Heros.

Never again will there be such a class combination of Benny, Lombard, Lubistch and seasoned, well-loved character actors rolling along in this vehicle perfectly suited to their foibles. Anyone with even a little high school drama production or a small love of the theater will eat this up. "Get the pigs out before you drop in the ham!" Sad that Miss Lombard died related to the war effort, I can almost picture Gable sitting with the window open in the rain as in Gone With The Wind.

This was Mel Brooks before Mel Brooks, Strangelove before Strangelove.

Daring, yes it was. The only way to relate this to today's young people is if all the best-loved SNL comedians in just the right combination were to pull off such a feat, but I doubt they could - no wit compared to this cast nor the class -- too crass. So hat's off to the Golden Age of Hollywood, which never shone more brightly than in "To Be or Not To Be".

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