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  • Actor-Shared Background: Humphrey Bogart owned his own boat, called the Santana (which was later the name of his production company), and was an expert at handling it, including competing with it in races.
  • Cast the Runner-Up: Dan Seymour signed up to play as a Cuban revolutionary and was shocked to notice his character wasn't in the script. Instead, he was given the role of Capitaine Renard.
  • Creator Breakdown: Due to Humphrey Bogart's affair with Lauren Bacall, his marital problems escalated during filming, and his drinking often resulted in his being unable to work. They got married three months after filming wrapped.
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  • Creator Chosen Casting: Humphrey Bogart was always the first choice for Harry Morgan.
  • Creator-Preferred Adaptation: Ernest Hemingway didn't think much of the novel, and called the movie an improvement. The film diverges wildly from the book's story after the fist few chapters.
  • Darkhorse Casting: At the time of casting, Lauren Bacall was an 18-year-old model. She appeared on the cover of Harper's Bazaar, and was noticed by Howard Hawks' wife, Nancy "Slim" Keith, who showed the cover photo to her husband. Hawks sought Bacall out in April 1943 and signed her for the role, her first movie appearance.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: The 300 pound Dan Seymour was told to gain weight for Capitaine Renard.
  • Enforced Method Acting: A friend of Walter Brennan (Eddie) suggested to put a rock in his shoe to simulate a limp. It went over so well that it became a trademark of sorts.
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  • Follow the Leader: Though it's distinct on its own, the movie shares more than a few similarities with Casablanca, even some of the same cast members (Bogart, Dalio and Seymour).
  • Irony as She Is Cast: Humphrey Bogart, who in real life was a notorious drinker, playing the relatively sober character.
  • Non-Singing Voice: Averted; though an urban legend sprang up that Andy Williams dubbed Lauren Bacall's singing voice, it turns out Bacall did her own singing.
  • Romance on the Set: Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall fell in love during production. Howard Hawks afterward said that it was actually Bacall's character Marie that Bogart had fallen for, "so she had to keep playing it the rest of her life." Considering that Hawks crushed on Bacall himself, and was known for his tall tales, it must be taken with a grain of salt.
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  • Star-Making Role: For Lauren Bacall.
  • Those Two Actors: The fist of four movies that Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall made together.
  • Throw It In: Most of the dialogue was improvised by the cast.
  • Underage Casting: Lauren Bacall was 19, yet her character was 22.
  • What Could Have Been: Ann Sheridan was considered for the part of Sylvia/Helen when her character had a larger role in the film. When the role became smaller, Dolores Moran was cast as a more voluptuous contrast to slender Lauren Bacall.

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