The Great Dictator
The Great Dictator

Release Date

Oct 15, 1940

1940

The Great Dictator

Comedy

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Synopsis

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.

Cast

Hynkel - Dictator of Tomania / A Jewish Barber

Charlie Chaplin

Hynkel - Dictator of Tomania / A Jewish Barber

Benzini Napaloni

Jack Oakie

Benzini Napaloni

Commander Schultz

Reginald Gardiner

Commander Schultz

Garbitsch

Henry Daniell

Garbitsch

Field Marshal Herring

Billy Gilbert

Field Marshal Herring

Mr. Agar

Paul Weigel

Mr. Agar

Hannah

Paulette Goddard

Hannah

Madame Napaloni

Grace Hayle

Madame Napaloni

Mr. Mann

Bernard Gorcey

Mr. Mann

Spook

Carter DeHaven

Spook

Tomanian Commandant at Osterlich / Robert O. Davis

Rudolph Anders

Tomanian Commandant at Osterlich / Robert O. Davis

Barber's Customer

Chester Conklin

Barber's Customer

Jewish Woman

Esther Michelson

Jewish Woman

Storm Trooper Stealing Fruit

Hank Mann

Storm Trooper Stealing Fruit

Whitewashed Storm Trooper

Eddie Dunn

Whitewashed Storm Trooper

Soldier (uncredited)

Fred Aldrich

Soldier (uncredited)

Tomainian Prison Guard in 1918 (uncredited)

Richard Alexander

Tomainian Prison Guard in 1918 (uncredited)

Compact Parachute Inventor (uncredited)

Sig Arno

Compact Parachute Inventor (uncredited)

Tomanian Officer (uncredited)

William Arnold

Tomanian Officer (uncredited)

Reporter from International Press (uncredited)

Don Brodie

Reporter from International Press (uncredited)

Sculptor (uncredited)

Gino Corrado

Sculptor (uncredited)

Hospital Superintendent (uncredited)

John Davidson

Hospital Superintendent (uncredited)

Jewish Man (uncredited)

Max Davidson

Jewish Man (uncredited)

Friendly Storm Trooper (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty

Friendly Storm Trooper (uncredited)

Storm Trooper (uncredited)

Bud Geary

Storm Trooper (uncredited)

Officer (uncredited)

Sam Harris

Officer (uncredited)

Big Bertha Gunnery Officer (uncredited)

Leyland Hodgson

Big Bertha Gunnery Officer (uncredited)

Man Seated on Bed (uncredited)

William Irving

Man Seated on Bed (uncredited)

Banquet Butler (uncredited)

Charles Irwin

Banquet Butler (uncredited)

Blonde Secretary (uncredited)

Ethelreda Leopold

Blonde Secretary (uncredited)

Bald Barbershop Customer (uncredited)

Torben Meyer

Bald Barbershop Customer (uncredited)

Hynkel's Staff Officer (uncredited)

Bert Moorhouse

Hynkel's Staff Officer (uncredited)

Dance Extra at Ball (uncredited)

Manuel París

Dance Extra at Ball (uncredited)

Jewish Man (uncredited)

Jack Perrin

Jewish Man (uncredited)

Storm Trooper Officer (uncredited)

Lucien Prival

Storm Trooper Officer (uncredited)

Officer Extra (uncredited)

Cyril Ring

Officer Extra (uncredited)

Soldier in 1918 Tomainia (uncredited)

Tiny Sandford

Soldier in 1918 Tomainia (uncredited)

Jewish Fruit Stand Proprietor (uncredited)

Harry Semels

Jewish Fruit Stand Proprietor (uncredited)

Prison Guard (uncredited)

Charles Sullivan

Prison Guard (uncredited)

Hynkel's Barber (uncredited)

Leo White

Hynkel's Barber (uncredited)

Soldier in Field (uncredited)

Harry Wilson

Soldier in Field (uncredited)

Undetermined Role

Hans Conried

Undetermined Role

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