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    "Casablanca", Hollywood Theater, NYC, 26th November 1942

    So today is the 75th anniversary of that old war-horse.

    Was ever less than a million spent so successfully on any movie?

    I cannot recall (so would welcome the nudge) who originated the one about war-time propaganda — "Thank goodness Mickey Mouse was on our side!" — but I equally cannot doubt the power of Casablanca. I have here Richard J. Anobile's illustrated script — looks that my 1.50 investment hasn't done too badly for something like a 2000% profit.

    If you have an original poster or lobby-card, you can ask well over $100,000.


    And 31st August 2019 is the 70th of The Third Man. So there's WW2 topped-and-tailed.

    Post-script:

    Of course, Ireland didn't get to see Casablanca until after "The Emergency" ( E. de Valera). It took even longer, thanks to some extensive "cuts", for us to appreciate "Rick" and "Ilsa" had history and "Paris".
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    you are supposed to marry the first person you watcg Casablanca with....or so they say. I haven't watched it yet.
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    Haven't seen him in a while...must be hunting squirrels.
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    Great film!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Malcolm Redfellow View Post
    So today is the 75th anniversary of that old war-horse.

    Was ever less than a million spent so successfully on any movie?

    I cannot recall (so would welcome the nudge) who originated the one about war-time propaganda — "Thank goodness Mickey Mouse was on our side!" — but I equally cannot doubt the power of Casablanca. I have here Richard J. Anobile's illustrated script — looks that my 1.50 investment hasn't done too badly for something like a 2000% profit.

    If you have an original poster or lobby-card, you can ask well over $100,000.


    And 31st August 2019 is the 70th of The Third Man. So there's WW2 topped-and-tailed.

    Post-script:

    Of course, Ireland didn't get to see Casablanca until after "The Emergency" ( E. de Valera). It took even longer, thanks to some extensive "cuts", for us to appreciate "Rick" and "Ilsa" had history and "Paris".
    In terms of its quality and longevity, it's hard to argue, but in terms of box office receipts there are much more successful examples.

    The Blair Witch Project was made for less than 100k and took over 200million worldwide. There are other examples of indie films that were hugely successful once they secured distribution deals. Mostly horrors it has to be said. I think Night of the Living Dead is another one that did very well at the box office versus its budget.
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    Round up the usual suspects.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by HarshBuzz View Post
    you are supposed to marry the first person you watcg Casablanca with....or so they say. I haven't watched it yet.
    I know there was a referendum and all, but you still can't marry your Dad, I take it.
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    Was anyone else shocked that there was gambling going on in Rick's?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgellons View Post
    I know there was a referendum and all, but you still can't marry your Dad, I take it.
    It would require (a) disinterment and (b) divorce from the current Mrs Buzz
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