This is a continuation of the blogs that were posted on January 4th, 11th and 18th. All the excerpts in these blogs are from Round Up the Usual Suspects: The Making of Casablanca – Bogart, Bergman and World War II by Aljean Harmetz.
The stellar cast of featured actors in Casablanca
DOOLEY WILSON (Sam) – Cont’d from 1/18/17
OPINIONS OF EACH OTHER
PLAYING OF THE MARSEILLAISE: Dan Seymour [the actor who had guarded the door to Rick’s gambling room] remembers looking up during the singing of the Marseillaise and discovering that half of his fellow actors were crying. “I suddenly realized that they were all real refugees,” says Seymour. Of the 75 actors and actresses who had bit parts and larger roles in Casablanca, almost all were immigrants of one kind or another.
Click here. [Comment: This is the greatest scene in the entire movie. I’m in tears every time I watch it.]
AT THE END: Bogart and Bergman didn’t see each other after Casablanca was finished. Both had become major stars because of Casablanca. Both were about to be nominated for Academy Awards for the first time.
The Oscar statuette is 13 ½ inches high and weighs 8 ½ lbs. Casablanca was nominated for eight awards and won three. At the 1943 Academy Awards, it won the Oscar for Best Picture. This is the award that adds millions to a movie’s ticket sales.
MEMORABLE LINES IN CASABLANCA: “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’.” “Round up the usual suspects.” “We’ll always have Paris.” “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”
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I have always been intrigued by the actress/model/director, Chloë Sevigny because she’s an independent spirit who follows her own path. I mean this in a good way. Back a bit, I read that she had just earned a nice chunk of change so she treated her friends to a stay at the GoldenEye resort on the island of Jamaica.
I’m always on the prowl for fascinating females doing unusual things so I was stopped in my tracks by an article that appeared in the New York Post on Monday, September 23, 2019.
You and your family came to Manhattan for the holidays, but you’re having so much fun you decide to stay longer. After the tree at Rock Center, the windows on Fifth and the Met what else is there? You’re in “The City That Never Sleeps” so there are lots more goodies for you and yours to take in.
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