"Casablanca" (1942) | Sam Gall Movie Review Issue #123 Gem Mint 10.0


“Casablanca“ (1942)

Director: Michael Curtiz

Writer: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch, Murray Burrnett, Joan Alison, Casey Robinson

Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, S.Z. Sakall, Madeleine Lebeau, Dooley Wilson, Joy Page, John Qualen, Leonid Kinskey, Curt Bois

Rated: PG for mind violence

Runtime: 1h 42min

Genre: Drama | Romance | War | Adventure

Country: United States

Language: English | French | German | Italian

Available on: HBO MAX & Various VOD platforms


"A cynical expatriate American cafe owner struggles to decide whether or not to help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape the Nazis in French Morocco."


You might like this if you like: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Drama, Romance, Adventure, War Movies, World War II, Michael Curtiz, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, S.Z. Sakall, Madeleine Lebeau, Dooley Wilson, Joy Page, John Qualen, Leonid Kinskey, Curt Bois


"Casablanca" (1942)


I think I’m definitely a Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman fan because of this film! It’s thrills, romance and adventure all with a World War II backdrop!

I fall in love every time with the simplicity of its scale! It feels so big, yet it all takes place in one location! With the exception of the flashbacks of course..


Dooley Wilson (left), Humphrey Bogart (middle) & Ingrid Bergman (right) in "Casablanca" (1942)


Before I looked it up, I was going to say it felt very much like a play! I would’ve loved to have seen a live performance of this! It feels so beautiful constructed with its characters and performances and all I did remember from this film was how well I thought it would play on stage! Funny coincidence it actually started out as one!


Michael Curtiz created a magnificent atmosphere and world within this film that radiates with life. It feels almost like “Blade Runner” took inspiration from this or the cantina scenes in “Star Wars”. In the most respectful way possible! I’m just pointing out what I think could be some of the influence this film has had on others.


Claude Raines (left) & Humphrey Bogart (right) in "Casablanca" (1942)


Humphrey Bogart is pretty great in this one. It’s where I first saw him and wanted to see the rest of his work. He really is the original ‘Han Solo’, playing both sides to some degree!


Dooley Wilson is another favorite part of this film for me! The entire music in this film is just… timeless. Claude Raines is exciting to watch! No one brings down the film for me!


Ingrid Bergman is magnificent in this! I've dived more into her filmography than anyone else's since! This still remains my favorite performance of hers so far.


Humphrey Bogart (left) & Ingrid Bergman (right) in "Casablanca" (1942)

I don’t think I could relate this to this film as much until I got older. Until I saw love and saw love leave. The heart needed growing before I could understand some of the things the characters had gone or were going through. Humphrey and Ingrid radiate those themes through their performances and not until now have I fallen so in love with this movie!


Written by Sam Gall on 08/09/21


CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0


"It is excitingly acted, smartly directed, and tells a story crammed with suspense, characterization and action. The cast of players is enough to fill the theatre alone, for it includes some of the finest players Hollywood has to boast about." - Marjory Adams, Boston Globe


"It's a war picture that is not about the war so much as it is about people, just people who find themselves pocketed by one or another set of war circumstances." - Jane Corby, Brooklyn Daily Eagle


"Warners have been generous in fitting fine players to roles that become gems, each in its own way, through 1 the incisive handling of Claude Rains, Sidney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Dooley Wilson, S. Z. Sakall and Joy Page." - Mildred Martin, Philadelphia Inquirer


"Director Michael Curtiz, whose sureness and skill ere rarely to be questioned in any picture he handles, have given Casablanca an exotic atmosphere, a flow of action, surprises and punch to make it constantly interesting." - Colvin McPherson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch


"While Casablanca Is fast-moving, and the intrigue between the Germans and the French holds attention, with plenty of dramatic high spots, it is the individual performances that give the picture its real distinction." - Len G. Shaw, Detroit Free Press


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