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Lord X's avatar

Lord X

So they call me Concentration Camp Ehrhardt?
11 years 9 months ago
sureup's avatar


Love it! A lot of really good laughs without getting too silly.
10 years 9 months ago
criscoJovan's avatar


"Here is a man with a beard and you didn't even pull it!"
10 years 1 month ago
Fluegi's avatar


Incredible comedy from 1942! I think it's the main blueprint of Inglourious Basterds and it's even better.
6 years ago
Shingwauk's avatar


"You can't have your cake and shoot it too!"
8 years 4 months ago
Lumen's avatar


Wonderful movie! the humor is so good, and it's full of interesting subtleties. It has one of the best opening scenes ever!
7 years ago
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Prof. Lumpcicle

9 years 11 months ago
iCheckFilms's avatar


My 1000th check. And, boy, was I entertained!! :)
11 years 1 month ago
TheMajor's avatar


Probably my favorite comedy; at least the one with the most laughs.
11 years 11 months ago
Paulorsadv's avatar


Carole Lombard died only few months after finish this movie, very talented actress.
7 years 7 months ago
idjutt's avatar


'Heil myself!'

'Shall we drink to a blitzkrieg?'

'What he did to Shakespeare we are now doing to Poland.'

'Lieutenant, this is the first time I've ever met a man who could drop three tons of dynamite in two minutes.'
2 years ago
boulderman's avatar


10/10 best film I've seen this year :)
11 years 3 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


If To Be or Not to Be feels so ballsy, it's because it is. It's lighter to be sure, but it's essentially Ernst Lubitsch's The Great Dictator, in which he manages to balance his brand of witty comedy and the Nazi invasion of Poland. Bumbling Nazis at times, but still murderous ones, and Lubitsch makes us smile at jokes about concentration camps and shenanigans with a corpse, while also showing us a devastated, #notajoke, Warsaw. You can definitely see how it inspired Mel Brooks down the line (who would star in a 1983 remake). It couldn't do very well in 1942, released two months after Carole Lombard's death (while on a tour promoting war bonds), but with the benefit of distance, it's become an enjoyable comedy of errors in which a theater troop tries to keep a spy from passing information to the Gestapo by dressing up as Nazis and so forth. It's got a fun Mission Impossible vibe, but where the mission is put in jeopardy by artistic egos and a man's jealousy for his wife's admirers. We perhaps don't get enough of Jack Benny's Hamlet, but it still gives us the title. Appropriately, The Merchant of Venice is also important.
2 years 11 months ago
boulderman's avatar


An air raid siren and the first evening of war? The accents were a shame. Watching it again tonight, rank it 10/10 but this observations and the cut from Gestapo to Hamlet seemed sudden.
4 years ago
rabsi1's avatar


I honestly thought Sobinski was the villain of the film at first because of how creepy he was.

Very funny film overall! 8/10
7 years ago

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