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One of the reasons for the enduring popularity of "Casablanca" can be tied to
the fact that by the mid-1970s it was one of the most frequently broadcast films
in the history of American television. Thanks to my addiction to television and
my love of old movies, I had "Casablanca" memorized by the time I was in high
Based on the script of the unproduced stage play "Everybody Comes to Rick's,"
"Casablanca" went into production without a completed screenplay, and ended up
earning an Oscar for writers Julius and Phillip Epstein and Howard Koch.
Produced during an era when studios essentially employed assembly-line
filmmaking, and under the watchful eyes of Joseph Breen and Hollywood's
self-censoring Production Code Administration, "Casablanca" could have easily
been any one of the otherwise forgettable studio pictures released at that time.
Instead, it was a magical confluence of all the right elements working together
perfectly, balancing a mix of drama, comedy, romance, melodrama, sexual innuendo
Bing: Watch clips from 'Casablanca'
Despite the long-standing urban legend that says Ronald Reagan had been
originally cast in the lead of "Casablanca," the role of Rick Blaine had never
been offered to the future President of the United States. Humphrey Bogart had
always been producer Hal B. Wallis's top choice for playing the enigmatic casino
owner caught up in political and romantic intrigue in World War II. — David
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(Humphrey Bogart & Ingrid Bergman in "Casablanca"/Warner