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Trivia: Casablanca

  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: The line is "Play it, Sam", not "Play it again, Sam".
  • Fake Nationality:
    • Austrian actor Paul Henreid played Victor Laszlo, who's Czech (though his name actually sounds Hungarian).
    • Swedish Ingrid Bergman playing Norwegian Ilsa Lund. Though given the close connection between Sweden and Norway it almost doesn't qualify.
    • American Joy Page played Annina, the young Bulgarian wife. She was one of only three American born actors in the film (Bogart and Wilson being the other two).
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor:
    • Conrad Veidt as Major Strasser — It has been reported, though not verified, that Veidt identified himself as Jewish on Nazi questionnaires as an act of protest.
    • Veidt's wife was Jewish and Veidt himself was a target due to, among other things, performing in a pro-gay rights film in the 1920s. He donated a large amount of his personal fortune, and a fair chunk of his paycheck from this movie, to the English war effort.
    • Ironically, all of the German actors in the film were either Jews or German expatriates who fled the country when the Nazis took over, only to play Nazis in Hollywood—which most of them (Veidt in particular) were pleased to do, seeing it as a form of resistance by telling the world what the Nazis were like.
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: Everybody Comes to Ricks, the unproduced stage play that this movie was based on, ended with Rick and Ilsa running away together to America; the movie only got its iconic Bittersweet Ending because the Hays Code forbade movies from showing characters getting away with adultery.


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