Casablanca is the quintessential studio-era production, where stock elements and unpromising source material (an unproduced stage play) mysteriously coalesced into a classic. It has haunting songs, bittersweet emotion and excellent hats; indeed, film romance has never been quite the same since people stopped wearing them.
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CASABLANCA (1942) is the ultimate classic movie
When producer Hal Wallis of Warner Brothers studio decided to make the film — based on an unproduced play Everybody Comes to Rick’s by Murray Burnett and Joan Allison — he surely didn’t set out to make a classic. This was a topical film, designed to appeal to wartime audiences and specifically to capitalize on the recent Allied invasion of North Africa. The cast included A-list stars — Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman — but the shooting schedule and budget were tight. Casablanca was shot entirely on the Warner Brothers lot (except for the brief scene of Major Strasser’s arrival, filmed at the Van Nuys Airport) and completed in just over two months (May 25 to August 3, 1942).
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