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Making the Movie "Casablanca"
by Mike Ellicott
The classic movie Casablanca, now acknowledged as one of the top five films of all time, was not an obvious success. It was based on an unpublished play by two unknown authors. Early in the filming, two of its biggest stars, Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, seriously discussed how to get out of the movie. They found the dialog ridiculous and the situations unbelievable. Finally, filming began before the script was completed. No one knew how the story ended. In spite of these, and other, problems the movie earned three Academy Awards and became one of the greatest love stories of all time. This presentation will discuss the making of the movie and how its international cast, world affairs, and the US Government helped make it a success.
The speaker recommends everyone watch the movie, Casablanca, prior to the program to fully benefit from the presentation.
Mike Ellicott retired as a Colonel after a 26-year career in the Army Corps of Engineers and he retired again 16 years later as the Vice Chancellor for Facilities Planning and Construction for the Texas Tech University System. He now focuses on his love of WWII and Civil War history and leads, with his wife Marilyn, tours of the Normandy and Gettysburg Battlefields. Marilyn and Mike live in Collierville, he is the Past President of the Friends of the Morton Museum in Collierville.
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