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Casablanca Behind the Scenes: The REAL story of Rick's Cafe

Date: July 16, 2018

In 1942, who would have thought a stage play script called “Everybody Comes to Rick’s,” now in the hands of Warner Brothers, would morph into one of the most beloved films of all time.

Did you know…

Humphrey Bogart was one of only three Americans cast. The rest were immigrants and refuges of Hitler’s romp and rape of Europe.

Most of the scenes where shot in Warner’s Stage 8.

Bogie owed a big thanks to George Raft who turned down the role of Rick, the cynical ex-pat café owner.

Ingrid Bergman preferred shots of her left side.

Dooley Wilson (Sam) sang” As Time Goes By” at the piano. (But he didn’t play it.)

Casablanca has one of the greatest casts ever assembled including Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Sidney Greenstreet and Paul Henreid.

Join film lover Steve Mutart to hear more about the making of this classic movie.

Steve is a retired real estate lawyer from the Philadelphia area who has a passion for everything from birds to Beethoven, baseball history to American history, the English Tudors, astronomy, science, Golden Age of Hollywood and its stars and studio moguls, Syria and Saudi Arabia—just about everything but real estate law.

A year round resident on Marco and active volunteer with Rookery Bay, Steve is also a regular lecturer at Renaissance Academy, the speaker’s bureau of FGCU, when he’s not hosing down pelican droppings at the Von Aux Hospital at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida. He also is a popular speaker at several gated communities, civic groups, private clubs and retirement venues.

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