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Comedy in jackboots is, with all due respect to Mel Brooks, a tough sell. Ernst Lubitsch found this out with his brilliant 1942 film “To Be, or Not To Be,” about a ragtag theater troupe struggling to survive in Warsaw during Hitler’s rise to power. The reaction to the movie was brutal, despite a cast headed by Carole Lombard and Jack Benny.

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