Trivia: Casablanca


  • AFIS 100 Years Series:
  • 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. The two countries border each other and have a shared cultural history dating back to the Viking Age - but there was one very important difference between them in 1942: Norway was under occupation by Nazi Germany, and Sweden was neutral.
    • Austrian Helmut Dantine as Jan Brandel, the young Bulgarian who tries to win the money for a passage to America at the roulette table. American Joy Page played Annina, his wife. She was one of only four American born actors in the film (Bogart, Wilson and Dan Seymour (Abdul, Ferrari's doorman) were the other three).
    • Canadian John Qualen as Berger, the Norwegian resistance fighter, and Canadian-born George London as the singer of the Marseillaisenote .
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: The pickpocket (Curt Bois) eventually returned to Berlin, where he became an old teller of tales. Émile the croupier (Marcel Dalio) had already been at a competition between the Watch on the Rhine and the Marseillaise during his time as a officer in a prisoner-of-war camp in World War I.
  • 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, starring in a pro-gay rights film in 1919. If you read Strasser as Armored Closet Gay, that might be because Veidt was bisexual himself, yet another reason for the Nazis to hate his guts. There were rants in Nazi papers at the time claiming that because of the aforementioned gay rights movie and his other human rights films (including ones clamoring for women's reproductive rights), he was responsible for making young Germans boys and girls homosexual and promiscuous. A lifelong supporter of human rights and liberal causes, he donated a large amount of his personal fortune, and a fair chunk of his paycheck from this movie to the English war effort.
      • Oh, and he helped Paul Henreid help escape Europe. The Austrian Henreid arrived in Britain just after war had been declared and was therefore an enemy alien, whereas Veidt had become a British citizen in 1939. Veidt sheltered Henreid at his own house and vouched for Henreid to the British authorities, so that Henreid could stay in the UK until Veidt had scraped up the money for Henreid to cross the Atlantic.
    • 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.
  • Reality Subtext: A number of the actors and extras were actually refugees of Nazi oppression, including Conrad Veidt, who played Major Strasser (he hated the Nazis and spent much of his career playing Nazi officers who were evil, incompetent, or both as a way of striking back at them). This added extra meaning to the "Marseillaise" scene, as most of the emotion from the actors was genuine. It also adds more meaning to Ugarte's arrest, since Peter Lorre was a Jew who fled Nazi Germany to escape exactly what happens to Ugarte. The line where he begs Rick, "Hide me!" particularly stands out.
  • Scully Box: Ingrid Bergman was actually two inches taller than Bogart, which was made up for by him standing on a box or sitting on additional pillows when closeups were called for.
  • 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.
  • What Could Have Been: The iconic "La Marsaillaise" sequence was intended to been even more pointed against the Nazis. The original song Major Strasser and the other Germans were to sing was not "Die Wacht am Rhein", a patriotic song written in 1840 and extensively used in the Franco-German War and in World War I, but instead "Das Horst-Wessel-Lied", the Nazi Party anthem and unofficial second national anthem of Nazi Germany. However, Warner Bros. changed it when they realized that the song was under copyright, which wouldn't have been a problem if the film were only being distributed in Allied territory. However as the film was also going to be released in neutral countries as well, it could have caused major diplomatic headaches and even opened Warner Bros. to the absurd possibility of being sued by the Nazis for copyright infringement. Or having to pay them royalties.