The New Pictures, Mar. 16, 1942

To Be Or Not To Be (Korda; United Artists) is the late Carole Lombard's last picture. Like Son of the Sheik (Rudolph Valentino), Steamboat 'Round the Bend (Will Rogers) and Saratoga (Jean Harlow), it was posthumously released. Fortunately for all concerned, To Be is a very funny comedy, salted to taste with melodrama and satire.

In Ninotchka, Director Ernst Lubitsch deliciously kidded the vagaries of the Soviets; in To Be he succeeds-as Hollywood had not yet done-in deftly ridiculing Hitler and his Nazis. His story is an actor's-eye-view of the Nazi occupation...

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