To Be or Not to Be Overview:

To Be or Not to Be (1942) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Ernst Lubitsch and produced by Ernst Lubitsch.

To Be or Not to Be was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1996.

Academy Awards 1942 --- Ceremony Number 15 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Music - ScoringWerner HeymannNominated
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To Be or Not to Be (1942), a Daring Mixed-Genre Satire from Ernst Lubitsch

By The Lady Eve on Oct 20, 2021 From Lady Eve's Reel Life

This Hollywood-savvy item appeared in the December 1932 issue of Vanity Fair, “…although a German director [he] is now claimed by America. His gay and cynic touch, his dramatic use of detail, have reconditioned many an otherwise anemic script and saved it from the shelf – until a... Read full article


To Be or Not to Be (1942): Lubitsch Vs. The Nazis

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jul 1, 2021 From 4 Star Films

“What he did to Shakespeare, we are doing now to Poland.” – Ehrhardt about Josef Tura Our story begins in Warsaw during peacetime. In some sense, this is a period piece because the gulf between the Nazi invasion of Poland in September 1939 and the comparably idyllic years prior cou... Read full article


The full "To Be Or Not To Be" pressbook, plus an audio bonus

By carole_and_co on Aug 18, 2020 From Carole & Co.

Last week, we ran excerpts from the pressbook of Carole Lombard's final film, the brilliant dark comedy "To Be Or Not To Be"(https://carole-and-co.livejournal.com/1114063.html). As we stated, Lombard's accidental death only a few days before previews forced its publicity campaign to suddenly shift i... Read full article


Carole Lombard and Jack Benny in Ernst Lubitsch’s “To Be or Not to Be”

By Stephen Reginald on Aug 13, 2020 From Classic Movie Man

Carole Lombard and Jack Benny in Ernst Lubitsch’s “To Be or Not to Be” To Be or Not to Be (1942) is a comedy directed by Ernst Lubitsch and starring Carole Lombard and Jack Benny The film is set in Warsaw, Poland, before the 1939 Nazi invasion. Josef Tura (Jack Benny) and his... Read full article


Screening of "To Be or Not To Be" March 10 at Daystar Center

By Stephen Reginald on Mar 9, 2018 From Classic Movie Man

Screening of "To Be or Not To Be" March 10 at Daystar Center To Be or Not To Be (1942)Where: Daystar Center, 1550 S. State StreetWhen: March 10, 2018Time: 6:45 p.m.Hosted by Stephen Reginald To Be or Not to Be (1942) During the Nazi occupation of Poland, an acting troupe bands together to outw... Read full article


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Quotes from

Greenberg: Mr. Rawitch, what you are I wouldn't eat.
Rawitch: How dare you call me a ham?


Anna: What a husband doesn't know won't hurt his wife.


Maria Tura: Think of me being flogged in the darkness, scream, suddenly the lights go on and the audience discovers me on the floor in this gorgeous dress!


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Facts about

Miriam Hopkins was the original choice for Maria Tura. She turned the role down because she didn't want to work with Jack Benny.
Released after the death of star Carole Lombard, killed in an airplane crash after returning from a tour selling war bonds.
"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on January 18, 1943 with Sig Ruman reprising his film role.
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