To Be or Not to Be (1942 film)

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To Be or Not to Be is a 1942 American comedy film directed by Ernst Lubitsch, starring Carole Lombard and Jack Benny, and featuring Robert Stack, Felix Bressart, Lionel Atwill, Stanley Ridges and Sig Ruman. The plot concerns a troupe of actors in Nazi-occupied Warsaw who use their abilities at disguise and acting to fool the occupying troops. It was adapted by Lubitsch (uncredited) and Edwin Justus Mayer from the story by Melchior Lengyel.[6] The film was released one month after actress Carole Lombard was killed in an airplane crash.[7] 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."[8][9]

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To Be or Not to Be
Theatrical release poster
Directed byErnst Lubitsch
Screenplay byEdwin Justus Mayer
Ernst Lubitsch (uncredited)
Story byMelchior Lengyel
Produced byErnst Lubitsch
StarringCarole Lombard
Jack Benny
CinematographyRudolph Maté
Edited byDorothy Spencer
Romaine Film Corp.[1]
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • February 19, 1942 (1942-02-19) (LA)[2][3]
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States
Budget$1.2 million[4]
Box office$1.5 million (US rentals)[5]