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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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


ClassicFlix (TeenScene): To Be or Not to Be (1942)

By Virginie Pronovost on Jun 29, 2017 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

From March 2015 to April 2017, I was writing the monthly Teen Scene column for the website ClassicFlix. My objective was to promote classic films among teenagers and young adults. Due to the establishing of a new version of the website, it?s now more difficult to access to the old version and read t... Read full article


1001 Classic Movies: To Be or Not to Be

By Amanda Garrett on Apr 25, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

To Be or Not to Be (1942), starring Jack Benny and Carole Lombard, is one of the 1001 classic movies you should see. Each Monday, I'm going to recommend a classic movie you should see (for the reasons behind the 1001 series and reviews of earlier films covered go here). Throughout April, I'll com... Read full article


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Quotes from

Professor Alexander Siletsky: Shall we drink to a blitzkrieg?
Maria Tura: I prefer a slow encirclement.


Rawitch: Well? What have you to say for yourself now? Here is a man with a beard, and you didn't even pull it!


Joseph Tura: Well, Colonel, all I can say is... you can't have your cake and shoot it, too.


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Facts about

Final film of Carole Lombard.
When war breaks out in Poland there's a scene where grave stones are destroyed by the bombing by the German forces. One of the grave stone that is shattered has the name "Benjamin Kubelsky" which is Jack Benny's birth name.
After the shooting of this film was finished, Carole Lombard told many people that this film was the happiest experience of her career from start to finish.
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