Casablanca – which movie lover hasn’t seen this film! Directed by Michael Curtiz, Casablanca is often considered Humphrey Bogart’s best film as an actor, and Ingrid Bergman will always be remembered for her subtle yet strong performance.
And did you know that no character in Casablanca ever said, “Play it again, Sam.” Here are 7 more amazing facts about the film.
1. The most quotable film of all time
And that is not an emotional exaggeration. The AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Movie Quotes list, complied in 2005, based on inputs by 1500 filmmakers, critics, and historians, includes six Casablanca quotes, more than any other movie. The quotes: “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship”, “Here’s looking at you, kid”, “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By’”, “We’ll always have Paris”, “Round up the usual suspects” and “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine”.
2. Original writers signed away their rights
Co-writers of Everybody Comes to Rick’s, the play on which Casablanca was based, Murray Burnett and Joan Alison gave away all rights to the story and its characters to Warner Bros. for the then-record sum of $20,000. But in 1983, the pair filed a legal suit against Warner Bros., demanding ownership of the characters.
3. Look at the poster again – what do you see?
In most of Casablanca’s famous posters, there is a shot of a trench coat and fedora-wearing Humphrey Bogart holding a gun. This is from an exact formation of a publicity shot from Across the Pacific, an earlier Bogie film.
4. Two Casablanca TV shows
There were two short-lived Casablanca TV series, first one in 1955 and 1956, and another from 1983. In fact the 1983 one was such a failure that despite shooting five episodes, the show was cancelled after two.
5. Ronald Reagan as Rick was the rumor
The first press news on Casablanca in 1942 from The Hollywood Reporter, said that Ronald Reagan has been cast to play Rick.
6. Another famous director shot the first scene
Casablanca’s opening scene, the map sequence about refugees from World War II in Casablanca, was created not by Michael Curtiz, but by Don Siegel. Siegel later on went to direct classics like Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) and Dirty Harry (1971).
7. François Truffaut rejected an offer to remake Casablanca
This one’s our favourite – can you remake Casablanca ever? But in 1973, Warner Bros. approached celebrated French director François Truffaut for remaking Casablanca. The director refused, but more even stranger is the reason for his refusal. In his own words, “Casablanca is not my favorite Humphrey Bogart film, and I rate it much lower than The Big Sleep or To Have. But d Have Not … but I know American students adore this film, especially the dialogue, and they know every line by heart. I would be equally intimidated by the actors; I can’t imagine Jean-Paul Belmondo and Catherine Deneuve succeeding Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.”