To Be or Not to Be

1942, Comedy, 1h 39m

47 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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A complex and timely satire with as much darkness as slapstick, Ernst Lubitsch's To Be or Not To Be delicately balances humor and ethics. Read critic reviews

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Acting couple Joseph (Jack Benny) and Maria Tura (Carole Lombard) are managing a theatrical troupe when the Nazis invade Poland. Maria is having an affair with Lieutenant Sobinski (Robert Stack), who suspects Professor Siletsky (Stanley Ridges) is a Nazi spy. With Siletsky in possession of a list of members of the Polish resistance, the Turas' company takes action. Using their skill for impersonation, Joseph and company must confuse the Nazis and stop Siletsky from handing over the list.

Cast & Crew

Jack Benny
Joseph Tura, Prof. Alexander Siletsky
Robert Stack
Lt. Stanislav Sobinski
Stanley Ridges
Prof. Alexander Siletsky
Sig Ruman
Col. Ehrhardt
Peter Caldwell
Wilhelm (uncredited)
Helmut Dantine
Co-pilot (uncredited)
Otto Reichow
Co-pilot (uncredited)
Miles Mander
Maj. Cunningham
George Lynn
Actor Playing Hitler's Adjutant
Henry Victor
Capt. Schultz
Maude Eburne
Anna, Maria's maid
Halliwell Hobbes
Gen. Armstrong
Olaf Hytten
Polonius in Warsaw (uncredited)
Alexander Korda
Executive Producer
Werner R. Heymann
Original Music
Miklós Rózsa
Original Music
Rudolph Maté
Cinematographer
Vincent Korda
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