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Casablanca Revisited

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Movies took a nosedive when the Beverly Hills bankers discovered that 13-year olds really preferred watching video games. Gone are the days of Citizen Kane, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Red River, The African Queen and Casablanca.

One of the most repeated phrases in history was the moment Ingrid Bergman said to the piano player in Casablanca, “Play it, Sam.”

Sam was played by actor Arthur “Dooley” Wilson, who didn't play the piano. The director of the film thought he had the persona and voice for the part, and the piano was recorded off-stage and the sound track dubbed in.

“Dooley” Wilson was a drummer -- Bergman couldn't say, “Beat me, Sam.” 

 

published 18 June 2011