A bad Polish actor is just trying to make a living when what should intrude but World War II in the form of an invasion. His wife has the habit of entertaining young Polish officers while he's on stage which is also a source of depression to him. When one of her officers comes back on a Secret Mission, the actor takes charge and comes up with a plan for them to escape. Written by
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Did You Know?
This movie's title, as with the earlier version To Be or Not to Be
(1942), is taken from a line in William Shakespeare
's "Hamlet", written around the year 1600. The "To be or not to be" line is one of the most famous quotations in literature, taken from Hamlet's soliloquy. As both versions of this film involve a Polish theatrical troupe, this is therefore explains the relevance of the line as a film title. The full version of the stanza it appears in: "To be or not to their titles. To be or not to be - that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer. The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune: Or to take arms against a sea of troubles." See more
Bronski becomes agitated when Sobinski wishes him good luck, because wishing an actor "good luck" is bad luck. Yet earlier, Anna wishes him good luck and Bronski is not at all bothered. See more
When this is allover, I'm gonna get you everything you need. You need a coat... you need a dress... you need shoes.
[Rubbing Andre's face, thinking he's Anna
and you need a shave...
... a shave?
In the credits at the end, Anne Bancroft's name first appears in parenthesis, until Mel Brooks "waves" them off. This is a reference to a poster in the movie that has Anna Bronski's name in parenthesis. See more
References Naughty Marietta
A Little Peace
Music & Lyrics by Mel Brooks
and Ronny Graham
Performed by Mel Brooks
(uncredited), George Wyner
(uncredited) and George Gaynes
(uncredited) See more