Daily Archives: February 15, 2012

‘To Be or Not to Be’ premieres in Los Angeles 70 years ago tonight (1942)

'To Be or Not to Be' trailer

(Sunday, February 15, 1942)To Be or Not to Be, a comedy about a troupe of actors in Nazi-occupied Warsaw who use their abilities at disguise and acting to fool the occupying troops, premiered tonight in Los Angeles.

Directed by Ernst Lubitsch, the film stars Carole Lombard, Jack Benny, Robert Stack, Felix Bressart, Lionel Atwill, Stanley Ridges and Sig Ruman. The film was released two months after actress Carole Lombard was killed in an airplane crash.