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): 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


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


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Quotes from

Maria Tura: [to Joseph] You're the greatest actor in the world. Everybody knows that, including you.


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


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


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Facts about

Carole Lombard took the female lead despite the strenuous objections of her husband, Clark Gable.
Released after the death of star Carole Lombard, killed in an airplane crash after returning from a tour selling war bonds.
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.
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