To Be or Not to Be

TitleTo Be or Not to Be
Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1942
AuthorsLubitsch, Ernst
Running Time1h 39min
Date Released02/19/1942
DistributorUnited Artists
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish

In this brilliant dark comedy, an acting troupe becomes entangled in espionage and the Polish resistance during World War II. 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. In 1996, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.

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