"Play it again, Sam"


On November 26, 1942, the movie, Casablanca, had its first showing at the Hollywood Theater in New York City. The movie starred Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. It's the story of Rick Blaine, former resistance fighter during World War II who gives up politics to open a nightclub in Casablanca. Victor Laszlo, a leader of the European resistance movement, shows up with his wife Ilsa who is Rick's former lover. Rick is faced with an ethical dilemma that tests his love for Ilsa. The film initially got only decent reviews including one from the New Yorker that called it "pretty tolerable." But it went on to receive the Academy Award and became one of the favorite pictures of the twentieth century. It is also one of the most quoted including the lines: "Here's looking at you, kid." And "Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, she walks into mine."

Check out Casablanca from the Library as well as many other classic films from that era.