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Dueling Anthems: Memo From Hal Wallis

70 years ago today, Casablanca premiered. Memo from Casablanca producer Hal Wallis to Max Steiner, composer: On the Marseilles, when it is played in the Cafe, don’t do it as though it was played by this small orchestra. Do it … Continue reading

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The Books: The Making of Casablanca: Bogart, Bergman, and World War II, by Aljean Harmetz

Next book on the Hollywood shelf: The Making of Casablanca: Bogart, Bergman, and World War II, by Aljean Harmetz The book was first published under the title Round Up the Usual Suspects, which I like better, but that’s neither here … Continue reading

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“As Time Goes By”: Tennessee Williams As An Usher

Excerpt from Tennessee Williams’ Memoirs: A friend was employed in 1943 to the old Strand Theatre on Broadway as an usher, and, knowing that I was between profitable engagements, he told me that the Strand was in need of a … Continue reading

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Today in history: November 26, 1942

Casablanca premiered at the Hollywood Theatre in New York City. It was not expected to be a long-lasting mythical evocation of the quintessential American ideals we all aspire to, from generation to generation. It was just supposed to be another … Continue reading

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The Books: “Bogart” (A. M. Sperber and Eric Lax)

Daily Book Excerpt: Entertainment Biography/Memoir: Bogart, by A. M. Sperber and Eric Lax Now this is what I call a biography! I am not sure why it took so long for Bogart to get his due, but I suppose that’s … Continue reading

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Speaking of Casablanca:

(as we were): I want to thank the person (whoever you are) who sent me the huge biography of Peter Lorre off my wish list. I have no email for you, and am not sure of the name either – … Continue reading

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Dueling Anthems: Memo From Hal Wallis

Memo from Casablanca producer Hal Wallis to Max Steiner, composer: On the Marseilles, when it is played in the Cafe, don’t do it as though it was played by this small orchestra. Do it with a full scoring orchestra and … Continue reading

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Today in History: November 26, 1942

Casablanca premiered at the Hollywood Theatre in New York City. It was not expected to be a long-lasting mythical evocation of the quintessential American ideals we all aspire to, from generation to generation. It was just supposed to be another … Continue reading

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Ingrid Bergman: Monday’s Glamour Series

Go read here. I liked this part: The 125,000 he got for her services in Casablanca translated to 35,000 for Bergman, plus a show she had little interest in making. The one she wanted was For Whom The Bell Tolls, … Continue reading

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Casablanca Premiered Today, 1942

Reviews were actually – it was seen as just another melodrama that Warner Brothers had become so practiced at churning out – but the public loved it and it went on to win an Academy Award for best picture in … Continue reading

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