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July 24, 2017


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Jean Rabe

Good stuff...why aren't you posting this to Facebook?


Play it, Projectionist. Play Casablanca again!

camille minichino

I won't beat around the bush, this post had me ROFL, Michael.

I didn't know that about Bogey's passing; and now I really want to see Casablanca again. It could be start of . . . oh, see what you started!

Ellen Kirschman

ROFL? Have acronyms replaced idioms? Fun post, Mike. Informative as always.

Michael A. Black

Facebook, Jean? Nah, not for me. I know I should, but I told my piano player never to play that one. Casablanca is my all-time favorite movie, Mysti. Camille, definitely play it again. And yes, Ellen, acronyms are the new idioms. So if they ever dare to do a remake of Casablanca, and they'd better not, Bogey would have to say, "PIA, Sam," to which the piano player would reply, "What the hell you talking about?"

Margaret Lucke

"Play It Again, Sam" got cemented in the language when Woody Allen used the phrase as the title of one of his plays and movies, which was an homage of sorts to "Casablanca." The Allen film is good, but "Casablanca" is a masterpiece.

Michael A. Black

You're right, Peggy. I've seem that Allen movie. It was very entertaining, and the actor who plays the Bogart fantasy character was great. As far as the original, the studios were going to cast Ronald Reagan and Ann Sheridan in the roles that later went to Bogey and Ingrid Bergman. One of the reasons that they were so great was that the screenwriters kept rewriting the ending up until it was filmed, so the uncertainty of how it would turn out was actually imbued into the actors' performances.

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