The Making of Casablanca: Bogart, Bergman, and World War II

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Critically acclaimed when published in 1992 as Round Up the Usual Suspects, The Making of Casablanca offers the ultimate insider's look at the politics and personalities behind the most celebrated movie of all time--Casablanca. Updated and timed for the 60th anniversary (Thanksgiving Day, 1942) of this movie, this critically acclaimed book draws upon years of research, including access to Ingrid Bergman's personal acting diaries and the vast Warner Brothers archives, as well as interviews with many of those close...
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Overview

Critically acclaimed when published in 1992 as Round Up the Usual Suspects, The Making of Casablanca offers the ultimate insider's look at the politics and personalities behind the most celebrated movie of all time--Casablanca. Updated and timed for the 60th anniversary (Thanksgiving Day, 1942) of this movie, this critically acclaimed book draws upon years of research, including access to Ingrid Bergman's personal acting diaries and the vast Warner Brothers archives, as well as interviews with many of those close to the film, including the late Paul Henreid, Lauren Bacall, and scriptwriters Howard Koch and Julius Epstein. Richly detailed and full of surprises, The Making of Casablanca debunks many cherished myths about the casting, script, story, and stars, to reveal the realities of the highly pressured Hollywood studio system during World War II.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786888146
  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Publication date: 10/23/2002
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 623,434
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Aljean Harmetz is the author of The Making of The Wizard of Oz, as well as numerous other film-related books. A former journalist for the New York Times, she lives in Los Angeles.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Preface xiii
1. Just Another Movie 3
2. The Studio: Jack L. Warner, Executive Producer ... and Hal B. Wallis 16
3. Writing Casablanca: A Survival of the Fittest Script 35
4. False Starts 62
5. Bogart, Bergman, and Henreid: A Date with Fate 81
6. The Studio System Goes to War 102
7. The First Day of Shooting 117
8. The Usual Suspects: Rains, Veidt, Greenstreet, Lorre, and Wilson 138
9. Love and Censorship 162
10. Directed by Michael Curtiz 182
11. Working Relationships: On the Set and Off 195
12. The Refugee Trail: Europeans in Hollywood 208
13. At the Airport: The End of Production 227
14. "Our Ism ... Americanism" 240
15. Play It, Sam 253
16. Selling the Movie and Selling the War 266
17. Controlling Hollywood 284
18. The Academy Awards 312
19. As Time Went By 327
20. The First Fifty Years 338
Reference Notes and Sources 355
Casablanca Cast and Credits 384
Bibliography 385
Index 391
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2005

    The book was a terriffic help.

    I had to compose an essay for Casablanca's making in my 1020 English class. Of all of the research that I collected, this was was indeed the most helpful. There is soooo much triva and info that you just can't get from the web sites. For a pretty inexpensive book, it's five star piece of reading material.

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