(Westwood, CA) — The 1942 film that’s considered to be Jack Benny’s best of all-time will be screened tonight at the Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood. “To Be or Not to Be” will be presented by the UCLA Film and Television Archive and will be introduced by the comedian’s daughter Joan Benny. Also taking part in the movie’s introduction is Nicola Lubitsch [[ LOO-bish ]] — who’s the daughter of the film’s director, Ernst Lubitsch. The picture also stars Carole Lombard — who died in a plane crash the same year “To Be or Not to Be” was released. The movie was remade in 1983 with Mel Brooks and his wife Anne Bancroft.
Jack Benny often joked about his movie career and the fact that many of his features were less-than-successful — especially the 1945 film “The Horn Blows at Midnight.” Many critics pointed out that the violinist and perpetual 39-year-old’s movies were actually quite good and that Benny was a fine light comedian and leading man.
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