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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LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton made waves recently with its announcement of the fashion house, Fenty, led by Rihanna. This was a first in many aspects for LVMH. What stood out the most to me was LVMH was investing in someone whose original profession was not that of a designer. Yes, Rihanna was widely accepted in the fashion world as a trendsetter and had various collaborations under her belt, but she was not a traditional designer.
I recently came across an article in Smithsonian magazine’s March 2019 issue that discussed the relationship of the author, Margaret Chu, with Phyllis Diller, the stand-up comic who died on August 12, 2012 at the ripe old age of 95 and had outlived two of her children.
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