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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That is the movie!
Did You Know?
In this remake of To Be or Not to Be
(1942), all the main character names had at least some minor change from this original film. Mel Brooks
plays the Jack Benny
role with a character name change from Joseph Tura to Frederick Bronski; Anne Bancroft
plays the Carole Lombard
role and also with a character name change from Maria Tura to Anna Bronski; Charles Durning
plays Colonel Erhardt which was the Sig Ruman
role of Colonel Ehrhardt but now with a slight change in spelling; Tim Matheson
plays the Robert Stack
part, the character's first name being changed, from Lieutenant Stanislav Sobinski to Lieutenant Andre Sobinski; and José Ferrer
takes the part played by Stanley Ridges
, the character name remaining the same except for a slight change in spelling again, from Professor Siletsky to Professor Siletski. See more
At about an hour in, a flipped shot of Schultz (Christopher Lloyd) puts his armband on the wrong arm. See more
[Frederick returns home, having succesfully impersonated Siletski at Gestapo headquarters
I did it! I did it! I gave the greatest performance of my life...
[sinks into a chair and peels off his fake beard
And nobody saw it.
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 The 39 Steps
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