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The Great Dictator

Although this Chaplin movie isn’t considered one of his very best, its satire and characters are so good The Dictator could meaningfully fit in at any time in history. At our present time as a wave of -isms – populism, racism, separatism, nationalism, even trumpism – is a dominant force across the western world, Chaplin’s pre-war satirical drama takes on a renewed actuality. The Great Dictator is about the little man’s struggle against the powers at be, and it’s satirical, funny and entertaining with it – very physical with lots of slapstick, all with perfect timing. Here’s my favourite scene; the choreographic element in both the idea and performance of this sequence is wonderful:

Full version (2:05:04):

The full version is available on YouTube Movies (rent or buy), if you’re thus inclined and wish to go about your viewing ensuring all rights are being met and fulfilled (which I highly recommend!) – Enjoy!

The Great Dictator (1940) | Charlie Chaplin | Satirical Comedy, Drama, War | Full HD Movies | Duration: 2:05:35

Diktatoren (1940)

Full Cast & Crew

Directed by 

Charles Chaplin  

Writing Credits  

Charles Chaplin (written by)

Cast (in credits order) verified as complete  

Charles Chaplin Charles Chaplin Hynkel – Dictator of Tomania / A Jewish Barber
Jack Oakie Jack Oakie Napaloni – Dictator of Bacteria
Reginald Gardiner Reginald Gardiner Schultz
Henry Daniell Henry Daniell Garbitsch
Billy Gilbert Billy Gilbert Herring
Grace Hayle Grace Hayle Madame Napaloni
Carter DeHaven Carter DeHaven Bacterian Ambassador (as Carter De Haven)
Paulette Goddard Paulette Goddard Hannah
Maurice Moscovitch Maurice Moscovitch Mr. Jaeckel (as Maurice Moscovich)
Emma Dunn Emma Dunn Mrs. Jaeckel
Bernard Gorcey Bernard Gorcey Mr. Mann
Paul Weigel Paul Weigel Mr. Agar
Chester Conklin Chester Conklin Barber’s Customer
Esther Michelson Esther Michelson Jewish Woman
Hank Mann Hank Mann Storm Trooper Stealing Fruit
Florence Wright Florence Wright Blonde Secretary
Eddie Gribbon Eddie Gribbon Tomanian Storm Trooper
Rudolph Anders Rudolph Anders Tomanian Commandant at Osterlich (as Robert O. Davis)
Eddie Dunn Eddie Dunn Whitewashed Storm Trooper
Nita Pike Nita Pike Secretary
George Lynn George Lynn Commander of Storm Troopers (as Peter Lynn)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Wheeler Dryden Wheeler Dryden Heinrich Schtick – Translator (voice)
John Alban John Alban Ball Guest (uncredited)
Fred Aldrich Fred Aldrich Soldier (uncredited)
Richard Alexander Richard Alexander Tomainian Prison Guard in 1918 (uncredited)
Sig Arno Sig Arno Compact Parachute Inventor (uncredited)
William Arnold William Arnold Tomanian Officer (uncredited)
Walter Bacon Walter Bacon Storm Trooper (uncredited)
Brandon Beach Brandon Beach Doctor (uncredited)
Joe Bordeaux Joe Bordeaux Ghetto Extra (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg Chet Brandenburg Soldier (uncredited)
Don Brodie Don Brodie Reporter from International Press (uncredited)
James Carlisle James Carlisle Ball Guest (uncredited)
Tom Coleman Tom Coleman Guard (uncredited)
Hans Conried Hans Conried Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Gino Corrado Gino Corrado Sculptor (uncredited)
Oliver Cross Oliver Cross Ball Guest (uncredited)
John Davidson John Davidson Hospital Superintendent (uncredited)
Max Davidson Max Davidson Jewish Man (uncredited)
Lew Davis Lew Davis Hospital Orderly (uncredited)
Francis Ernest Drake Francis Ernest Drake Storm Trooper (uncredited)
Pat Flaherty Pat Flaherty Friendly Storm Trooper (uncredited)
Bud Geary Bud Geary Storm Trooper (uncredited)
Jack Gordon Jack Gordon Soldier (uncredited)
Herschel Graham Herschel Graham Soldier (uncredited)
Sam Harris Sam Harris Officer (uncredited)
Eddie Hart Eddie Hart Policeman (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson Leyland Hodgson Big Bertha Gunnery Officer (uncredited)
William Irving William Irving Man Seated on Bed (uncredited)
Charles Irwin Charles Irwin Banquet Butler (uncredited)
Ethelreda Leopold Ethelreda Leopold Blonde Secretary (uncredited)
Clyde McLeod Clyde McLeod Soldier (uncredited)
Russell Meeker Russell Meeker Ball Guest (uncredited)
Torben Meyer Torben Meyer Bald Barbershop Customer (uncredited)
Jules Michelson Jules Michelson Man in Ghetto (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse Bert Moorhouse Hynkel’s Staff Officer (uncredited)
George Nardelli George Nardelli Soldier (uncredited)
Nellie V. Nichols Nellie V. Nichols Jewish Woman (uncredited)
Manuel París Manuel París Ball Guest (uncredited)
Jack Perrin Jack Perrin Jewish Man (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard Alexander Pollard Servant (uncredited)
Lucien Prival Lucien Prival Storm Trooper Officer (uncredited)
John Rice John Rice Storm Trooper (uncredited)
Cyril Ring Cyril Ring Officer Extra (uncredited)
Wyn Ritchie Evans Wyn Ritchie Evans Woman in Crowd (uncredited)
Henry Roquemore Henry Roquemore Soldier (uncredited)
Tiny Sandford Tiny Sandford Soldier in 1918 Tomainia (uncredited)
Francesca Santoro Francesca Santoro Aggie (uncredited)
Hans Schumm Hans Schumm Soldier (uncredited)
Harry Semels Harry Semels Jewish Fruit Stand Proprietor (uncredited)
Count Stefenelli Count Stefenelli Ball Guest (uncredited)
Bert Stevens Bert Stevens Guard (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan Charles Sullivan Prison Guard (uncredited)
Carl Voss Carl Voss Officer (uncredited)
Leonard Walker Leonard Walker Conductor (uncredited)
Leo White Leo White Hynkel’s Barber (uncredited)
Harry Wilson Harry Wilson Soldier in Field (uncredited)

Produced by 

Charles Chaplin producer (uncredited)
Carter DeHaven associate producer (uncredited)

Music by 

Charles Chaplin (uncredited)
Meredith Willson (uncredited)

Cinematography by 

Karl Struss director of photography
Roland Totheroh director of photography

Film Editing by 

Willard Nico film editor
Harold Rice (uncredited)

Art Direction by 

J. Russell Spencer  

Set Decoration by 

Edward G. Boyle (uncredited)

Makeup Department 

Ed Voight makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management 

Alfred Reeves production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director 

Wheeler Dryden assistant director
Dan James assistant director
Robert Meltzer assistant director (as Bob Meltzer)
Alex Finlayson assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department 

William Bogdanoff construction foreman (uncredited)
Dick Fritsch assistant art director (uncredited)
Frank Veseley painter (uncredited)
Clem Widrig props (uncredited)

Sound Department 

Glenn Rominger sound
Percy Townsend sound

Special Effects by 

Ralph Hammeras special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by 

Jack Cosgrove special photographic effects (uncredited)


Buster Wiles stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department 

Frank Testera chief electrician (uncredited)
William Wallace still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department 

Winifred Ritchie costumer (uncredited)
Ted Tetrick costume supervisor (uncredited)

Music Department 

Meredith Willson musical director
Carmen Dragon orchestrator (uncredited)
Louis Kaufman musician: violin (uncredited)
Al Kaye music librarian (uncredited)
Max Terr assistant musical director (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
Meredith Willson conductor (uncredited) / music arranger (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department 

Evelyn Earle script clerk (uncredited)

Additional Crew 

Henry Bergman general assistant (uncredited)
Rollin Brown laboratory contact (uncredited)
Kay Clement secretary (uncredited)
Monroe Greenthal press representative (uncredited)
Moody dailies projectionist (uncredited)
Kathleen Pryor secretary (uncredited)
Eugene Testera filing clerk (uncredited)
Carl Voss military advisor (uncredited)
Oscar Wright purchasing (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Release Info

Release Dates

USA 15 October 1940 (Capitol and Astor Theatres, New York City, New York) (premiere)
USA 23 October 1940 (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
USA 25 October 1940 (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) (premiere)
USA 31 October 1940 (limited)
Canada 7 November 1940 (Ottawa) (premiere)
Canada 8 November 1940 (Montréal)
UK 11 December 1940 (London)
Argentina 30 December 1940 (Paraná, Entre Ríos)
Chile January 1941 (Santiago)
Mexico 1 January 1941  
Uruguay 16 January 1941  
Australia 7 February 1941  
Indonesia 4 March 1941 (Jakarta)
USA 7 March 1941  
Brazil 12 August 1942  
France 4 April 1945  
Argentina 31 May 1945  
Belgium 22 June 1945  
Italy 25 June 1945  
Sweden 19 November 1945  
Portugal 17 December 1945  
Ireland 1 February 1946  
Hong Kong 27 March 1947  
Netherlands 1 August 1947  
Czechoslovakia 10 October 1947  
Denmark 1 December 1947  
Hungary 19 December 1947  
Norway 20 September 1948  
Turkey March 1949  
Finland 26 May 1950  
West Germany 26 August 1958  
Japan 22 October 1960  
Italy 3 February 1961 (re-release)
USA 1972 (re-release)
West Germany 1 July 1972 (re-release)
Italy 23 December 1972 (re-release)
Belgium 30 March 1973 (Gent) (re-release)
Japan 13 October 1973 (re-release)
Finland 21 December 1973 (re-release)
Hungary 14 March 1974 (re-release)
Portugal 8 May 1974 (re-release)
Spain 30 April 1976 (Madrid)
Portugal 13 June 1976 (Cineclube do Porto)
Portugal 11 March 1981 (Porto) (Cineclube do Norte)
Germany 10 April 1997 (re-release)
Norway 5 May 2000 (Kristiansand International Children’s Film Festival)
Israel 26 September 2002 (re-release)
Belgium 16 October 2002 (re-release)
France 16 October 2002 (re-release)
Norway 20 October 2002 (Bergen International Film Festival)
South Korea 1 November 2002 (re-release)
Spain 22 November 2002 (re-release)
Norway 22 November 2002 (re-release)
Austria 20 December 2002 (limited) (re-release)
Italy 20 December 2002 (re-release)
Sweden 25 December 2002 (re-release)
Czech Republic 16 January 2003 (re-release)
Canada 24 January 2003 (Québec) (re-release)
Greece 30 May 2003  
Finland 13 June 2003 (re-release)
UK 22 August 2003 (re-release)
Ireland 22 August 2003 (re-release)
Mexico 13 November 2003 (Muestra Internacional de Cine)
Hong Kong 30 November 2003 (Hong Kong Jewish Film Festival)
Portugal 26 August 2004 (re-release)
Germany 30 December 2004 (re-release)
Brazil 23 September 2005 (São Paulo) (re-release)
Poland 15 February 2008 (re-release)
Greece 22 October 2010 (Panorama of European Cinema)
Norway 26 August 2011 (St. Hans Haugen Film Festival)
Greece 24 May 2012 (re-release)
Israel 28 June 2012 (re-release)
Portugal 22 January 2015 (re-release)
Japan 20 September 2015 (Miyazaki Film Festival)
Japan 15 October 2016 (Kyoto International Film Festival)
Croatia 26 August 2018 (Vukovar Film Festival)
France 10 July 2019 (re-release) (restored version)
Russia 21 November 2019  

Also Known As (AKA)

(original title) The Great Dictator
Argentina El gran dictador
Australia The Great Dictator
Belgium (Flemish title) De diktator
Belgium (French title) Le dictateur
Brazil O Grande Ditador
Bulgaria (Bulgarian title) Великият диктатор
Canada (French title) Le dictateur
Canada (English title) The Great Dictator
Chile El gran dictador
Colombia El gran dictador
Croatia Veliki diktator
Czech Republic Diktátor
Czechoslovakia (Czech title) Diktátor
Czechoslovakia (Slovak title) Diktátor
Denmark Diktatoren
Denmark Den store diktator
Estonia Suur diktaator
Finland Diktaattori
France Le dictateur
Germany Der große Diktator
Greece (transliterated title) O diktator
Greece (reissue title) O megalos diktator
Greece (festival title) O Charlot diktatoras
Greece Ο μεγάλος δικτάτωρ
Hungary A diktátor
India (English title) The Great Dictator
Iran (Persian title) Dictator-e bozorg
Israel (Hebrew title) Ha-Dictator Ha-Gadol
Italy Il grande dittatore
Italy (premiere title) Il dittatore
Japan Dokusaisha
Japan (Japanese title) チャップリンの独裁者
Lithuania (new title) Didysis diktatorius
Mexico El gran dictador
Netherlands De dictator
Norway Diktatoren
Peru El gran dictador
Poland Dyktator
Portugal O Grande Ditador
Portugal (premiere title) O Ditador
Romania Dictatorul
Russia Великий диктатор
Serbia Велики диктатор
Slovakia Diktátor
Slovenia Veliki diktator
Spain El gran dictador
Sweden Diktatorn
Taiwan 大獨裁者
Turkey (Turkish title) Şarlo Diktatör
Ukraine Великий диктатор
UK The Great Dictator
USA (working title) The Dictator
Uruguay El gran dictador
Venezuela (alternative transliteration) El Gran Dictador
Yugoslavia (Serbian title) Велики диктатор

[SOURCE | Cast, Crew & Production Info: IMDb]


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