A WW 2 Comedy, Spy Thriller: To Be Or Not To Be

“To Be Or Not To Be” the 1942 movie directed by Ernst Lubitsch starring Carole Lombard, Jack Benny and Robert Stack is a very unique film about an acting troupe in Poland just before and after the conquest of the country by Nazi Germany. The skills of all the actors to both act and use disguises to fool the occupiers comes into play in very real, dangerous and life threatening situations. It has a very interesting tone and it is not surprising that the film did not go over well at the time of the release with critics or audiences. Lombard and Benny are wonderful in it.

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