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"To be, or not to be"
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.2143  Monday, 6 December 1999.

[1]     From:   Larry Weiss <
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        Date:   Friday, 03 Dec 1999 14:03:52 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.2126 More Shakespeare References

[2]     From:   James P. Lusardi <
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        Date:   Friday, 03 Dec 1999 15:00:06 -0500 (CDT)
        Subj:   RE: SHK 10.2126 More Shakespeare References

[3]     From:   Jerry Bangham <
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        Date:   Friday, 3 Dec 1999 15:05:31 -0600
        Subj:   RE: SHK 10.2126 More Shakespeare References

[4]     From:   Tom Dale Keever <
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        Date:   Friday, 3 Dec 1999 16:30:15 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   To Be Or Not To Be

[5]     From:   Arthur D L Lindley <
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        Date:   Saturday, 4 Dec 1999 10:30:41 +0800
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.2126 More Shakespeare References


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From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Friday, 03 Dec 1999 14:03:52 -0500
Subject: 10.2126 More Shakespeare References
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.2126 More Shakespeare References

John Velz wrote:

> In a film titled "To Be or Not To Be" Mel Brooks plays a ham Polish (not
> Polish ham!) actor who loves to do highlights from Hamlet.

This picture is actually a remake of an Ernst Lubitsch picture by the
same name (c. 1940, when it was far more evocative) starring Jack Benny
and, I believe, Jean Harlow.

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From:           James P. Lusardi <
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Date:           Friday, 03 Dec 1999 15:00:06 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: 10.2126 More Shakespeare References
Comment:        RE: SHK 10.2126 More Shakespeare References

Dear John V.:

The first film version featured Jack Benny and a wonderful cast back in
1939.

Yours--Jim Lusardi

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From:           Jerry Bangham <
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Date:           Friday, 3 Dec 1999 15:05:31 -0600
Subject: 10.2126 More Shakespeare References
Comment:        RE: SHK 10.2126 More Shakespeare References

>In a film titled "To Be or Not To Be" Mel Brooks plays a ham Polish (not
>Polish ham!) actor who loves to do highlights from Hamlet.

I'm sure I won't be the only one to point out that this is a remake of a
Jack Benny film of the same name. The original was funnier, in my
opinion.

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From:           Tom Dale Keever <
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Date:           Friday, 3 Dec 1999 16:30:15 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        To Be Or Not To Be

John Velz rightly recommends Mel Brooks' film "To Be or Not to Be," but
it fails to match the 1942 Ernst Lubitsch original.  Brooks stuck pretty
close to Edwin Justus Mayer's story, but could not repeat the film
chemistry of Jack Benny and Carole Lombard or the inspired ensemble work
of the supporting Hollywood clowns.  Even the very young and very stiff
Robert Stack is effective.

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From:           Arthur D L Lindley <
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Date:           Saturday, 4 Dec 1999 10:30:41 +0800
Subject: 10.2126 More Shakespeare References
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.2126 More Shakespeare References

The Mel Brooks 'To Be or Not To Be' is a remake of the (superior) Jack
Benny/Carole Lombard original, 1942,directed by Ernst Lubitsch and
written by Edwin Justus Mayer.

Arthur Lindley
 

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