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Film Facts

Here are a few fun film facts, so you can hold your win with the buffs, or come up with that great opener and charm that dame or gent:

  • The famous line,”Play it again, Sam”, is a misquotation – no one in the film actually says that, though there are variations on the theme. Rick says” “You played it for her, you can play it for me. Play it!” Ilsa says, “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.'”
  • Rick’s toast to Ilsa, “Here’s lookin’ at you, kid”, used several times in the film, and even more in film references, was not scripted: Bogart said it to Ingrid Bergman he watched her play poker between takes!
  • The iconic final scene, where Rick and Ilsa say goodbye didn’t even feature a real plane! The film was filmed during WWII, and so, for security reasons, they weren’t allowed to film at an airport at night: it had to be filmed in a studio, using tricks of perspective and a card-board cut-out airplane.
  • Ingrid Bergman was actually taller than Bogart, and he had to stand on boxes and wear lifts to reverse the height difference!
  • Dooley Wilson, playing Sam the pianist, was the only member of the cast who’d actually been to Casablanca. He won the part over Jazz stars like Ella Fitzgerald, though he could not actually play the piano.