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To Be or Not to Be (1942) Movie Information

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Comedy, War





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Ernst Lubitsch


Robert Stack
Jack Benny
Carole Lombard
Sig Ruman
Halliwell Hobbes
Henry Victor





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In WWII occupied Poland, comedy stage actors use thier skills to imperonate Nazi generals to gain information to rid themselves from teh Nazis.

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Snoogans 03/06/2015 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I appreciate the attempt at wartime satire during actual wartime. Sadly, the opportunity is wasted on jokes that don't take advantage of skewering the relevant subject matter. This film is obviously made by smart people. Thats why it pains me to see a routine skrewball showcase wedged into an espionage WWII plot. The two don't mesh, and both sides suffer from it. I'd be more forgiving if the jokes were funny, but they all fall flat. Predictable comic situations of the time are delivered in sitcom fashion. All that's missing is the happy theme music and overly loud audience laugh for the pauses that are already present.

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Mark 08/28/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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favorite line: heil myself.... "why haven't you seen this really funny film yet?" ....THAT is the question!

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mitchellyoung 04/18/2011 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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There's a lot of clever wit and writing in this film which is refreshing. It doesn't rely on easy jokes at all and takes what was probably a bold satirical stand for the time it was made (considering it was made while WWII was still going on.)

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Alex 07/04/2007 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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I gave this movie a great rating a long time ago. Now, I barely remember it. From what I recall, it is a really good movie that shows signs of originally and cultural fears of the time. I need to see it again to fully understand it.

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