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To Be or Not to Be (1942) Poster

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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 18, 1943 with Sig Ruman reprising his film role.
When Jack Benny's father went to see this movie, he was outraged at the sight of his son in a Nazi uniform in the first scene and even stormed out of the theater. Jack convinced his father that it was satire, and he agreed to sit through all of it.
After Carole Lombard's death in a plane crash, the line "What can happen in a plane?" was deleted from the film.
According to the book 'The United Artists Story' by Ronald Bergan, " Unfortunately, at its release, Pearl Harbor had been attacked, Germany was sweeping across Europe, and the film's star, Carole Lombard, was killed in a plane crash while on a war-bond selling tour. Therefore, neither critics nor public were in the mood to laugh, finding the picture tasteless and callous. Over the years, however, it recovered its production costs and became a classic."
Miriam Hopkins was the original choice for Maria Tura. According to Ben Mankiewicz on TCM, she turned the role down when she realized Jack Benny had all the laughs and her part would largely be his straight man. Lombard saw the overall quality of the material and took the part.
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.
Carole Lombard took the female lead despite the strenuous objections of her husband, Clark Gable.
Released after the death of star Carole Lombard, killed in an airplane crash after returning from a tour selling war bonds.
After the shooting of this film was finished, Carole Lombard told many people that this film was the happiest experience of her career from start to finish.
When Maria Tura waits for Siletsky's return, she is reading a magazine called "Wiener Mustertext." This is German for "Viennese Sample Text".
Final film of Carole Lombard.
Colonel Ehrhardt's adjutant is Sargeant Schultz. Sig Ruman, who plays Ehrhardt, played Sargeant Schultz in Stalag 17 (1953).
Premiere voted this movie as one of "The 50 Greatest Comedies Of All Time" in 2006.

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