To Be or Not to Be

Synopsis: A bad Polish actor is just trying to make a living when what should intrude but World War II in the form of an invasion. His wife has the habit of entertaining young Polish officers while he's on stage which is also a source of depression to him. When one of her officers comes back on a Secret Mission, the actor takes charge and comes up with a plan for them to escape.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Alan Johnson
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
107 min


Europe, 1936.

Nazi troops annex the Rhineland

without a shot being fired.

March, 1938:
The Anschluss.

Nazi troops annex Austria.

Again, not a shot is fired.

March, 1939. Nazi troops and tanks

move into the Sudetenland...

... and in a matter of days,

occupy all of Czechoslovakia.

No shots are fired.

August, 1939. Nazi troops mass

on the western border of Poland.

Europe stands precariously

on the brink of World War II.

But despite the threat

of imminent invasion...

... the Polish people forget their

troubles at the Bronski Theatre.


Sweet Georgie Brown!

Sweet Georgie Brown!

Sweet Georgie Brown!



Bravo, Anna! Bravo, Anna!


Ladies and gentlemen.

In the interest of clarity...

... the rest of this movie

will not be in Polish.

- You get roses, and I get to watch.

- Well, I have to get some appreciation.


What are you talking about?

You are not only my wife,

you happen to be the costar.

Bronski, here's the poster.

Is it okay?

- It's fine, Bieler. Fine.

- Fine? Just a minute. Come back here.

I don't mind my name in smaller print.

But in parentheses?

- I like it. It sets your name apart.

- Well, set yours apart.

Intermission! Intermission!

Let's set up for "Naughty Nazis. "

- Sondheim.

- Yes, Mr. Bronski!

- I can hear you. I'm not in Krakw.

- Sorry. Act 2, 10 minutes!


- What is that?

- Hitler. He's threatening to invade us.

- Turn it off.

- Troops are massed at the border.

- I for one do not feel we can...

- Never mind.

There's an audience massed out front.

We have a show.

Mr. Bronski, don't you

read the papers?

It could be war.

The Ministry of Information...

Politics! That's their business!

We are in the theatre.

That's our business.

- Sondheim!


- How's business?

- Great!

We received another bouquet of roses

from our secret admirer.

And this time, we got a card.

- "I must see you. "

- He must see us.

"Lieutenant Andre Sobinski. "

It has to be that handsome young flier

in the third row.

Second row. How could I miss?

He's always in the same seat.

- Fourth from the aisle.

- Fifth.

All these flowers, night after night.

And on a lieutenant's pay!

- He must be hopelessly in love with me.

- Maybe his father's a florist.


Me, My, Moe! Me, My, Moe!

- Tonight's receipts.

- Thanks, Bieler.

Ratkowski, get Ravitch!

You're going on!

- Ravitch! We're on.

- I know.

Me, my, moe!

Ravitch, we're doing "Naughty Nazis,"

not "Naughty Marietta. "

Terrible! Look what they're saying

in the papers.

Hitler is a monster. Hitler is a

madman. Hitler is a maniac!

It'll drive him crazy.

He'll be furious!

Yeah. The last thing we want

is a furious fhrer!


Yes? What? He's coming?

Quick, hide those newspapers!

I will hide them where he will

never find them.

- Heil Hitler! Heil Hitler!

- Heil myself.

Have you read the foreign papers?

- They call me a monster! A madman!

- Und a maniac!

What do they want from me?

I'm good-natured. I'm goodhearted.

I'm good-looking.

Every day, I'm out there trying

to make the world safe. For Germany.

I don't want war.

All I want is peace. Peace.


A little piece of Poland

A little piece of France

A little piece of Portugal

And Austria perchance

A little slice of Turkey

And all that that entails

Und then a piece of England, Scotland

Ireland and Wales

Nobody's allowed here

during a performance!

A little nip of Norway

A little spot of Greece

A little hunk of Hungary

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Thomas Meehan

Thomas Meehan is the name of: Thomas Meehan (botanist) (1826–1901), British-born nurseryman, botanist and author Thomas Meehan (writer) (1929–2017), American writer Tommy Meehan (1896–1924), England international footballer Tom Meehan (footballer, born 1909) (1909–1957), Australian rules footballer for Fitzroy Tom Meehan (footballer, born 1926), Australian rules footballer for St Kilda and Fitzroy more…

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