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The Great Dictator
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(1940)

Chaplin plays two totally opposite roles in his first "talkie," giving a superb display of his boundless talent for both inspired comedy and powerful drama. One of his masterfully drawn characters is a Jewish barber facing the constant threat of storm troopers and religious persecution. The other is the great dictator, Hynkel, a brilliant lampoon of Adolph Hitler that is awesome proof of Chaplin's pantomime genius. The movie's famous highlight comes in its final scene, when Chaplin steps out of character and addresses the camera with an eloquent plea for the triumph of reason and humanity over mindless militarism.

Runtime:
2:05
Released:
October 15, 1940

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Cast

Bvb2oqlref7oixksvqj7kgelm9q Charlie Chaplin Adenoid Hynkel (Dictator of Tomania)
Rso16wdkisztazwffjdqtbo26du Jack Oakie Benzini Napaloni
97xwd5zl5up7sty3yahmkgcxoic Reginald Gardiner Commander Schultz
Cilkakcco4oqhdhtgzsksbiwocj Henry Daniell Garbitsch
Pitsldlwwstge8kwiznn2vzdn9c Billy Gilbert Field Marshal Herring
Paul Weigel Mr. Agar
Jxabhtod2vvi2kuj0gp3sczuyre Paulette Goddard Hannah
Grace Hayle Madame Napaloni
Maurice Moscovitch Mr. Jaeckel
Emma Dunn Mrs. Jaeckel
Bernard Gorcey Mr. Mann
Carter DeHaven Spook (Bacterian ambassador)
Eddie Gribbon Tomanian Storm Trooper
Y0zxiy3a2fqg1u4fh8zdtfmvimf Rudolph Anders Tomanian Commandant at Osterlich (as Robert O. Davis)
Nita Pike Secretary
George Lynn Commander of Storm Troopers (as Peter Lynn)

Crew

Art

J. Russell Spencer Art Direction

Edward G. Boyle Set Decoration

Camera

Karl Struss Director of Photography

Roland Totheroh Director of Photography

Costume & Make-Up

Ed Voight Makeup Artist

Directing

Charlie Chaplin Director

Editing

Willard Nico Editor

Production

Carter DeHaven Producer

Sound

Glenn Rominger Sound Designer

Percy Townsend Sound Designer

Meredith Willson Original Music Composer