PG | | Drama, Romance, War
A cynical nightclub owner protects an old flame and her husband from Nazis in Morocco.
Early in the production studio head Jack L. Warner offered the role of Rick Blaine to George Raft, but the actor turned it down. As the shooting script took shape, producer Hal B. Wallis began to envision Humphrey Bogart in the Rick Blaine role. As Bogart was under contract to Warner Bros. the role was assigned to him by Wallis. However, after Bogart had been cast in the role, Raft reconsidered his decision and contacted Warners to deliver the news that he had decided to accept the part after all. After consulting with Wallis--who had never envisioned anyone but Bogart in the role--Warner decided to support his producer: he explained to Raft that Bogart had been cast in the role of Rick Blaine, and that the part was no longer available. Ironically, this was the third of three key roles Raft turned down that Bogart took on, the other two being Roy "Mad Dog" Earle in High Sierra (1941) and Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon (1941). All three roles contributed greatly to establishing Bogart's legendary career.
With the coming of the Second World War, many eyes in imprisoned Europe turned hopefully, or desperately, toward the freedom of the Americas. Lisbon became the great embarkation point. But, not everybody could get to Lisbon directly, and so a ...
French officer: To ...
An extra (elderly man with white goatee and hat) is shown being herded into the police station along with other "usual suspects" and shortly thereafter is seen along the street peering upward at the German plane coming in for landing.
In the Italian version, the sequence where the Italian Officer Tonnelli meets Strasser is cut.
English, French, German, Italian
$181,494 (USA) (12 April 1992)
$1,024,560 (USA) (16 November 2017)
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