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.
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".