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To Be or Not to Be (1942)

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Hollywood has a Polish acting troupe take on the Gestapo after the occupation of Warsaw in 1939. Ernst Lubitsch co-wrote and directed. I found it often very funny — it's not often in bad taste — but the replaying of the same joke did eventually go stale. #228 in the IMDB top-250. IMDB tells me Carole Lombard (fantastic here) was in the Ben Hur of 1925.

Michael Wood in 2013. Geoffrey O'Brien at essay-length for the Criterion collection. Excess details at Wikipedia.