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To Be or Not to Be ()


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During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe becomes embroiled in a Polish soldier's efforts to track down a German spy.

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Maria Tura
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Joseph Tura
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Lieutenant Stanislav Sobinski
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Greenberg
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Rawitch
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Professor Siletsky
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Colonel Ehrhardt
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Bronski
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Producer Dobosh
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Actor-Adjutant
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Captain Schultz
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Anna
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General Armstrong
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Major Cunningham
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Rudolph Anders ...
Gestapo Sergeant at Desk at Top of Hotel Stairs (uncredited)
Paul Barrett ...
Polish RAF Pilot (uncredited)
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German Soldier (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
Peter Caldwell ...
Wilhelm Kunze (uncredited)
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Scottish Farmer Without Mustache (uncredited)
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Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Jack Deery ...
Member of Audience at Performance of Hamlet (uncredited)
Leslie Denison ...
Captain (uncredited)
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Scottish Farmer with Mustache (uncredited)
James Gillette ...
Polish RAF Pilot (uncredited)
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Second Reporter (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ...
German Soldier (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ...
Polonius in Warsaw (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ...
Reporter (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ...
Townswoman (uncredited)
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Polish RAF Flyer (uncredited)
Adolf E. Licho ...
Prompter (uncredited)
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Member of Audience at Performance of Hamlet (uncredited)
John Meredith ...
English Wireless Operator (uncredited)
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Polish RAF Pilot (uncredited)
Russ Powell ...
Warsaw Bystander (uncredited)
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Polish Official (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ...
Co-Pilot (uncredited)
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Polish RAF Pilot (uncredited)
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Special Investigations Squad (uncredited)
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Warsaw Bystander (uncredited)
Count Stefenelli ...
Member of Audience at Performance of Hamlet (uncredited)
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Pilot (uncredited)
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Stage Manager (uncredited)
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Member of Audience at Performance of Hamlet (uncredited)
Armand 'Curly' Wright ...
Makeup Man (uncredited)
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Man in Bookstore (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ernst Lubitsch

Written by

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Melchior Lengyel ... (original story)
 
Edwin Justus Mayer ... (screenplay)
 
Ernst Lubitsch ... (original story) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Ernst Lubitsch ... producer

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Werner R. Heymann ... (musical score by)

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Rudolph Maté ... (photographed by)

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Dorothy Spencer ... film editor

Casting By

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Victor Sutker

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Vincent Korda ... (production designed by)

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Julia Heron ... (interior decoration)

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Gordon Bau ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Walter Mayo ... production manager

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William McGarry ... assistant director
William Tummel ... assistant director

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J. McMillan Johnson ... associate art director (as J. MacMillan Johnson)
Jack Caffey ... props (uncredited)

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Frank Maher ... sound

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Lawrence W. Butler ... special effects (as Lawrence Butler)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Irene ... costumes: Miss Lombard

Music Department

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Miklós Rózsa ... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Eugene Zador ... orchestrator: Miklós Rózsa (uncredited)

Other crew

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Alexander Korda ... presenter
Ryszard Ordynski ... technical supervisor (as Richard Ordynski)
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Plot Summary

In occupied Poland during WWII, a troupe of ham stage actors (led by Joseph Tura and his wife Maria) match wits with the Nazis. A spy has information which would be very damaging to the Polish resistance and they must prevent it's being delivered to the Germans. Written by Ken Yousten

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Also Known As
  • Jeux dangereux (France)
  • To be or not to be, jeu dangereux (France)
  • Ser o no ser (Spain)
  • Lenni vagy nem lenni (Hungary)
  • Ser ou Não Ser (Portugal)
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  • 99 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Because Carole Lombard died in a plane crash while the movie was in post-production, the filmmakers decided to cut out a line that had her character ask, "What can happen in a plane?". See more »
Goofs When Tura is disguised as Colonel Ehrhardt in his meeting with Siletsky he is wearing the uniform of a Major General (actually an SS-Gruppenfuehrer). See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Showbiz Goes to War (1982). See more »
Soundtracks Polonaise in A major, Op. 40, No. 1, 'Military' See more »
Quotes Joseph Tura: [disguised as Professor Siletsky - speaking about Maria Tura] Her husband is that great, great Polish actor, Josef Tura. You've probably heard of him.
Colonel Ehrhardt: Oh, yes. As a matter of fact I saw him on the stage when I was in Warsaw once before the war.
Joseph Tura: Really?
Colonel Ehrhardt: What he did to Shakespeare we are now doing to Poland.
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