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There is a difference between being lucky and being good. People often mistake "Casablanca" as one of the greatest films of all time because director Michael Curtiz stumbled upon an ending he didn't have when he began the film.

Humphrey Bogart plays Rick, the owner of Casablanca's most popular café; a guy who "sticks his neck out for nobody." Rick looks like a wizened old prune, yet he seems to bed the cute French chickies faster than a mattress company. What exactly does Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) see in old Rick? He expresses affection with a smirk, has all the emotional range of a lobotomized jackrabbit and seems to kiss like an inflatable doll.

The funniest thing about "Casablanca" is the premise that the letters of transit that Rick holds would actually get Ilsa and her underground leader husband, Victor (Paul Henreid) out of Morocco. Those Nazis may not be squeamish when it comes to killing Jews, but try to get them to rip up a couple of letters of transit at the border and apparently they develop ethics.

Certainly, "Casablanca" has some of the most memorable lines in film history, but again, here is where greatness needs to be distinguished from luck. The lines, like everything else, were changed at the last minute. Unearthed for the first time, here are the original lines as they were meant to be spoken.

LINE: "I stick my neck out for nobody."
ORIG: "I'm apolitical with a capital A."

LINE: "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world...she walks into mine."
ORIG: (Bogart belches like a Rhino).

LINE: "Here's looking at you, kid."
ORIG: "Honey, you put the 'lust' in 'luster.'"

LINE: "I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
ORIG: "You know, Renault? For a fat guy, you got a nice booty."

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Dear Reviewer of Casablanca:

I totally disagree with your review of Casablanca!  Casablanca was the PERFECT movie! The good guys are so good, the bad guys so bad! It abounds with unforgettable characters!  The cast is amazing! Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Paul Henried, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Sidney Greenstreet, Conrad Veidt, etc.!  

Of course some of the lines reflect no understanding of what the Germans were all about, but the Nazis actually WERE impressed with official looking documentation (Raul Wallenberg and others saved thousands of Jewish lives with phoney visas etc.)

Don't forget this movie was made iin 1942 when the folks in Hollywood had no idea that a "concentration camp" was actually a death factory and had no understanding of the Nazi mentality and their plans for the "Final Solution".

Casablanca has everything I love in a movie - romance, adventure, nobility, good guys fighting bad guys, unforgettable music, fabulous outfits etc. 

The ending was perfect - Rick and Captain Renault (Huphrey Bogart and Claude Rains) emerging from their initial cynical roles at the beginning of the film and revealing they are after all righteous and courageous men ! The final seen showing them walking together as friends on their glorious quest to save the world from evil has stayed with me all my life.  I found this movie inspirational! 

You write that you cannot understand how women find Humphrey Bogart sexually attractive...........ask Lauren Bacall!!  







I heard somewhere it was originally going to be called ...

Rajah's picture

"Rick's Place"

The most famous quote "Play it again, Sam" was never said.

what do you mean it was never said?

TMundo_'s picture


That's true

FearlessFreep's picture

Rick only says "Play it again." Just as Arthur Conan Doyle never wrote "Elementary, my dear Watson." (The line originated in the movies.)


Busting another myth

FearlessFreep's picture

The last line in THE MALTESE FALCON isn't "The stuff that dreams are made of"; it's "Huh?"

"What's that?" "The stuff that dreams are made of." "Huh?" (I'm sure Ward Bond was thinking, "I have two lines in this scene.)


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