26 November 1942

Casablanca, the movie starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, premieres in New York City.

“Casablanca” is a classic American romantic drama film that was released in 1942. It was directed by Michael Curtiz and produced by Hal B. Wallis. The screenplay was written by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard E. Koch, based on the play “Everybody Comes to Rick’s” by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison.

The film is set during World War II in the city of Casablanca, which is in unoccupied French Morocco. The story revolves around the character Rick Blaine, played by Humphrey Bogart, who owns a popular nightclub and gambling den. His world is turned upside down when his former lover Ilsa Lund, played by Ingrid Bergman, walks into his club with her husband Victor Laszlo, a Czech resistance leader played by Paul Henreid.

The plot is filled with political intrigue, romance, and suspense as Rick is faced with difficult choices and moral dilemmas. The film explores themes of sacrifice, patriotism, and the impact of war on personal relationships. One of the most iconic aspects of the movie is its memorable quotes, such as “Here’s looking at you, kid” and “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”

“Casablanca” is celebrated for its engaging storyline, memorable characters, and the chemistry between its lead actors. It became a critical and commercial success, winning three Academy Awards in 1944, including Best Picture, Best Director for Michael Curtiz, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Over the years, it has gained a reputation as one of the greatest films in the history of cinema and is often cited in discussions about classic Hollywood cinema. The enduring popularity of “Casablanca” has solidified its status as a cinematic masterpiece.