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Michael Walsh's novel As Time Goes By is both a prequel and a sequel, fleshing out Rick's mysterious life by flashing back to his 1930's New York gangland past and taking us with him,. Ilsa, and Sam the piano man are also there as they plot to kill Reinhard Heydrich, the Hangman of Prague. We learn that Rick Blaine started out in the Lower East Side as Yitzik Baline, and that he learned to shoot in the booze-fueled underworld of Tick-Tock Shapiro and Dion O'Hanlon. A fracas that made Walter Winchell's column explains why Rick wound up in the Casablanca gin joint. This novel is a great read, and it gives us a clever takeoff on this well-known film.

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This is the basic reference guide to international cinema. Put it next to your TV or DVD player, and you'll be able to answer the questions that inevitably arise when you watch a movie: "What other films has she been in?"; "Haven't I heard that director's name before?"; and "What in tarnation is a gaffer?" The Film Encyclopedia contains biographies and filmographies of actors, directors, producers, and cinematographers, as well as screenwriters, editors, musical directors, production designers, and critics.

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Here is the complete script containing many delightful and rare pictures from the production. This informative book is packed with many extras that will delight any Casablanca fan. There's an introductory note by Ralph J. Gleason, a foreword by film critic Richard Brown, and an essay "The Making of Casablanca" by the late Howard Koch. The book also features two original 1940's newspaper reviews, as well as essays by Roger Ebert, J. Hoberman, and Umberto Eco.

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The Casablanca Companion by Richard E. Osborne

If you want to know just about everything about the film, then this is the book for you. Author Richard E. Osborne has put together a loving tribute to this great Warner Brothers film. Filled with tons of accurate anecdotes, Mr. Osborne puts the myths aside and brings out the real events that led to the making of this most popular of the World War II films. Written for the seasoned veteran movie buff and the newcomer alike, The Casablanca Companion is sure to provide many hours of informative reading.

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Casablanca: Behind the Scenes by Harlan Lebo and Julius Epstein

The real story of the making of Casablanca from one of its original writers. Casablanca: Behind the Scenes offers 228 pages filled with fun trivia and interesting facts. A great resource that sheds light into the making of the film and all the problems, controversies, squabbles and triumphs that made up the period of principal photography of this American classic. This is a book that you will come back to again and again for accurate information about the film. A must-own for all Casablanca fans.

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The Making of Casablanca by Aljean Harmetz

From the author of The Making of the Wizard of Oz comes this 402 page mammoth examination of Casablanca and the times in which it was filmed. This is the book you want to get your hands on when you need to separate fact from fiction. Thoroughly researched and lovingly written, The Making of Casablanca will become the book that answers all your questions about the film, and the one that responsibly settles all the arguments that come up when discussing this work.

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Hal Wallis: Producer to the Stars by Bernard F. Dick

This is the first biography of the man behind such legendary classics as The Adventures of Robin Hood, Yankee Doodle Dandy, True Grit, and of course, Casablanca. A self-proclaimed "starmaker," he launched the careers of Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster, Charlton Heston, Martin & Lewis, as well as Elvis Presley. Using extensive research from studio memos, film archives, and personal correspondences, the genius of Hal Wallis is brought to life by historian Bernard F. Dick with great accuracy and detail. This is a must-have book for all fans of Casablanca, and the great Warner Brothers films of the 30's and 40's. many of which he produced.

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Notorious: The Life of Ingrid Bergman by Donald Spoto

Written exhaustive thoroughness, Notorious moves smoothly through the details of actress Ingrid Bergman's life. Although most will equate the book's title with the 1946 Hitchcock film that provided Bergman with one of her more complex and unusually dark roles, the very definition of the word proves an appropriate description of her life. Disapproval of Bergman stemmed from her extramarital affair with director Roberto Rosellini and the subsequent birth of their son (conceived before their marriage). Here is the story of one of the most celebrated actresses, one of the immortals of the Silver Screen.

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Claiming to explore the "young, hot and horny Bogart," former Miami Herald bureau chief Porter has penned a salacious account of the actor's salad days. The book drips with gossipy tidbits from Bogart's years on Broadway and in early Hollywood. For example, Porter claims that Bogart worked undercover for Howard Hughes, procuring male escorts for the business tycoon. He also charges that Bogart brought Jean Harlow to Mexico for a secret abortion (it was supposedly Hughes's baby). There's also lots of steamy details about Bogart's own sex life, including trysts with Tallulah Bankhead, Marlene Dietrich, Barbara Stanwyck and Bette Davis.

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Forty years after his death Humphrey Bogart is alive and well in the hearts and minds of his fans. Ultimate Bogie fully explores the myths and facts of Humphrey Bogart. The book is a clever mixture of lists, chronologies, humorous anecdotes, challenging trivia, test-your-knowledge quizzes, controversial quotes from and about Bogie. The book, which was issued on the one hundredth anniversary of his birth, is another must-have from the author of Ultimate Barbra and Ultimate Marilyn.

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Bogart: A Life in Hollywood by Jeffrey Meyers

From veteran literary biographer Jeffrey Meyers comes a uniquely entertaining account of the life and work of Humphrey Bogart. An honest dissection of a complex personality written by one of the best in the business. But if you think it might be too "literary" an account, think again -- Meyers never forgets that it is a Hollywood bio, and that there should be a little dishing. This is a fine reassessment of a "remarkably sane and honest" actor whose "built-in shit detector" remained finely tuned throughout twenty-five years in Hollywood.

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Peter Lorre by Gary and Susan Suehla

This is an entertaining read as well as a great resource for any Peter Lorre fan. The actor was blessed and cursed with one of the most distinct Hollywood personas, add to that a unique eerie voice that was easy to imitate, and Peter Lorre is many times remembered as a walking caricature. This book does much to break that stereotype by surveying his important films and putting into perspective the life and work of this unique star.

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Conrad Veidt on Screen by John T. Soister

This work details the film career of Conrad Veidt, better known to Casablanca lovers as the villanous Major Strasser. It lists all movies that he was involved in and provides a synopsis, cast and crew. There are also reviews of each of the films. The book contains many photographs, and it includes a list of films that he is thought possibly to have been involved in, and an extensive bibliography.

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Michael Curtiz (1888-1962) is considered one of the most significant directors in film history. This book surveys his mastery of a variety of genres, which included biography, comedy, horror, melodrama, musical, swashbuckling and western subjects, and it also looks at his relationship with the Hollywood studio moguls. The work is based on documentary evidence gleaned from archive research at Warner Brothers, rather than the hearsay on which so much of his consistently under-rated reputation rests. This access to the production and financial details of Curtiz's Warner Brothers films, from 1926 to 1953, is the most distinctive feature of Jim Robertson's work.

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Are you planning to throw a Casablanca-theme party and want to get the food just right? Are you interested in the cuisine of exotic far-away lands? Do you simply love to cook unusual dishes that delight and surprise your family? If yes, then this is the perfect cookbook for you. One volume brings together not only the food from Morocco, but also Algeria, and the Italian-influenced cooking of European settlers in Tunisia. It provides recipes that span a wide range of flavors, food combinations, and culinary traditions. it's no doubt the food they could have served at Rick's Café.

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Max Steiner's melodic score and Dooley Wilson's saloon reading of "As Time Goes By" has finally been issued more than a half century after the film's theatrical release. As part of Rhino's ambitious soundtrack project with Turner Entertainment, which owns the film, this soundtrack album is anything but tossed-off, restoring extensive portions of the original score along with evocative dialog excerpts and annotating the history of the film and its sonic counterpart. Here's looking at you, kid.

         

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