Sunday, February 25, 2007

Casablanca -- a tribute

The script of Casablanca was reportedly bought for $20,000, a large sum in 1942. The picture was made for $950K, a tidy sum back then, but now $950K barely pays for the private jet costs of a Hollywood production.

Besides Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, the most memorable cast member is Dooley Wilson who plays "Sam", the African-American pianist. An interesting piece of trivia: Dooley Wilson was a drummer and band leader in real life, not really a pianist, so his on-screen piano playing was faked and had to be dubbed. The singing was real, however, and his voice is forever immortalized.

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