The Great Dictator Overview:

The Great Dictator (1940) was a Comedy - Drama Film directed by Charlie Chaplin and produced by Charlie Chaplin and Carter DeHaven.

The Great Dictator was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1997.

Academy Awards 1940 --- Ceremony Number 13 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorCharles ChaplinNominated
Best Supporting ActorJack OakieNominated
Best Music - ScoringMeredith WillsonNominated
Best PictureCharles Chaplin ProductionsNominated
Best WritingCharles ChaplinNominated
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Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" at 80: Dreamers and Doers

By FlickChick on Oct 19, 2020 From A Person in the Dark

This is my entry in the Classic Movie Blog Association's Politics in Film Blogathon. For more examples of how this red hot topic is handled on the silver screen, click here.Spoiler alert: this is going to get political. Typically, I try (sometimes not always successfully) to keep politics off this s... Read full article


The Great Dictator: Beware of Bufoons

By FlickChick on Sep 29, 2016 From A Person in the Dark

This is my entry in the Dual Roles Blogathon hosted by the great bloggers at Christina Wehner: Classic Movies, Musicals, Old Books and the Great American Songbook and Silver Screenings. Check both sites for more fabulous cinematic doubles. THE GREAT DICTATOR (1940) In one of history's greate... Read full article


The Great Dictator (1940)

By Beatrice on Apr 6, 2014 From Flickers in Time

The Great Dictator Directed by Charles Chaplin Written by Charles Chaplin USA/1940 Charles Chaplin Productions Repeat viewing/Streaming on Hulu Plus #144 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die This has moments of absolute genius although I have mixed feelings about the concluding speech. A poo... Read full article


The Great Dictator (1940)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 15, 2013 From 4 Star Films

Starring Charlie Chaplin with Paulette Goddard, this satire blatantly critiques Hitler and the Nazis. The film opens during WWI where a little solider (Chaplin) saves an important military man. However, as a result he lands in a hospital with amnesia. All the while the power hungry dictator of Toman... Read full article


The Great Dictator (1940)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Oct 15, 2013 From 4 Star Films

Starring Charlie Chaplin with Paulette Goddard, this satire blatantly critiques Hitler and the Nazis. The film opens during WWI where a little solider (Chaplin) saves an important military man. However, as a result he lands in a hospital with amnesia. All the while the power hungry dictator of Toman... Read full article


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At the 1940 Academy Awards, the film got five nominations. It failed to win any Academy Awards, and Charles Chaplin was hurt by this. He already had spent twenty-seven years in Hollywood. James Stewart, the winner of the Best Actor Award (for which Chaplin was nominated), was not even planning on going to the ceremony until someone told him to go there hours before it began. Interestingly enough, this was the first year in which the winners remained secret until the moment they won their Awards.
The part of the elderly Jewish shopkeeper, Mr. Jaeckel, is played in the film by Maurice Moscovitch, veteran of the Yiddish theater, but his wife, Mrs. Jaeckel, is played by the Emma Dunn, who often played Irish mothers and landladies.
Charles Chaplin said that had he known the true extent of Nazi atrocities, he "could not have made fun of their homicidal insanity".
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