Carole Lombard: The Profane Angel Blogathon – To Be or Not To Be (1942)

This is the first of two posts dedicated to the Carole Lombard: The Profane Angel Blogathon being held over at In The Good Old Days of Hollywood. Tnx Crystal for letting me take part!

tbontb42“What a husband doesn’t know won’t hurt his wife. ” – Anna

Number of Times Seen – 2 (Cable in the 90’s and 16 Jan 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A dramatic troop in 1939 Warsaw must try and use their acting skills to try and stop a Nazi agent from passing information about the underground movement to the Gestapo.

My Take on it – I grew up watching (and loving) the Mel Brooks remake of this film on cable as a kid and never knew that it wasn’t an original idea.

I finally got a chance to see this in the 90’s and enjoyed it, but still liked the remake better.

When Crystal told me about this blogathon, I searched through Carole Lombard’s filmography and was pleasantly surprised to see that she was in this film; thankfully, I was then given a chance to rewatch this film.

Jack Benny and Carole Lombard are amazing together and it was possible to truly believe them as a couple.

The plot and script are hilariously genius because they are so funny and poignant.

What makes it even more amazing is the fact that this film was made in the middle of the World War II and nobody really knew everything that was going on, but they still got so much of it right here.

Making this film at that time was truly a gutsy and courageous decision which obviously ended up panning out.

The supporting cast works really well along with the stars and despite knowing what was going to happen, I was rolling on the floor with laughter by so much of the way this film was done.

Lombard’s role is so clever and beautiful to watch that in a weird sort of way, I think this was interestingly her final role before her untimely death because this way, she really went out on top.

Bottom Line – Benny and Lombard are amazing together.  This film’s plot and script are hilariously genius and that makes this film so wonderful to watch.  The fact that this was made during the war is a really gutsy and courageous move especially since we now know much more about what really happened than they did at the time this was made.  Supporting cast does a wonderful job enhancing the laughter and poignancy of it all. Befitting that Lombard’s final role would be so clever and beautiful to watch.  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – After the shooting of this film was finished, Carole Lombard told many people that this film was the happiest experience of her career from start to finish. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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