“Casablanca” is my favorite movie. “As Time Goes By” is my favorite song. The movie just seemes to work, on every level. Then today I was reviewing the 100 best known movie quotes and realized that I was seeing “Casablanca” quotes appearing line after line. Here they are:
- “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship”
- “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By’”
- “Round up the usual suspects”
- “We’ll always have Paris”
- Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine”
And, Yes, Ilsa never says “Play it again, Sam”.
The next movie with famous quotes on the list is “Gone with the Wind” (3). I’ve never seen it.
There is one other that I use here from time to time — A famous quote by Claude Rains in his role as Captain Renault: “I’m Shocked SHOCKED to find gambling is going on in here.” He’s just then handed his winnings by Carl the white coated waiter.
But how can a movie go wrong with Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid, Sydney Greenstreet, and Peter Laurie. My God, this is Hollywood at its finest. It came out 70 years ago.