French war medals, French franc and "penny"
The 1942 Warner Brothers film "Casablanca", is about an American expatriate who owns and
runs a nightclub in Casablanca, French Morocco.
his former girlfriend, and Paul Henreid as Victor Laszlo, her husband.
The film is set in early December 1941.
2. Casablanca marketplace
Casablanca is the home to many refugees fleeing the Nazi terror in Europe.
They need official documents to leave the city, which come with a price.
3. Rick's Café Américain
Rick Blaine, an American, owns a nightclub, "Rick's Café Américain".
4. Sam, the entertainer
Sam is a pianist and singer, and is the chief entertainer for the club.
which can be used to leave the city.
5. Rick and Ugarte
Ugarte leaves the stolen Letters of Transit with Rick and then is arrested and shot by police.
6. Mr. Ferrari, owner of the "Blue Parrot"
Mr. Ferrari wants to "buy" Sam from Rick, but Sam refuses to switch employers.
7. Captain Renault of the French police
Renault is wearing the Legion of Honor, World War I Service Medal, and World War I Victory Medal.
He sells exit visas, sometimes for cash, and sometimes to women for other consideration.
8. Major Heinrich Strasser
Strasser is a typical Nazi, he believes that Germany will succeed in invading New York.
guns to the Ethiopians fighting the Fascist Italian invaders and fought for the Spanish
Loyalists against the Fascist Franco forces.
9. Victor and Ilsa at Rick's
Victor Laszlo is one of the chiefs of the anti-Nazi resistance in Europe and knows who the
other leaders are.
The Gestapo used "harsh interrogation" to get the names but failed.
Major Strasser offers him a safe passage to America for the names but fails again.
when they lived in Paris.
When she found out that Victor was alive and had escaped the camp, she dumped Rick.
10. Ilsa looking beautiful
Ilsa visits Rick and asks him to help her and Victor get papers to travel to America.
11. Rick drinking
Rick reminisces about his relationship in 1940 Paris with Ilsa.
12. Ilsa flipping a coin
Ilsa: "A franc for your thoughts."
Rick: "In America they'd bring only a penny, and, huh, I guess that's about all they're worth."
Ilsa: "Well, I'm willing to be overcharged."
A French franc was worth about three US cents at the time.
A French franc coin from 1940:
13. France franc 1940 Aluminum-Bronze
Back in Casablanca, Ilsa visits Rick and tries to get the Letters of Transit.
14. Ilsa with gun
She tries with a gun, then another gentler method, but both fail.
15. Rick and Renault in his office
Rick works out a deal with Renault to have Victor arrested, leaving Rick and Ilsa to get
back together and leave for America.
16. The Letters of Transit
Captain Renault arrests Victor, then Rick pulls a gun and informs him that the deal is off.
17. Major Strasser on the phone
Rick, Ilsa, Victor, Renault head for the airport, followed by Strasser.
Rick gives the letters to Ilsa and Victor so they can go to America and tells Victor that
he and Ilsa have no personal interest in each other any more.
The airplane displays an Air France logo.
The plane takes off with Victor and Ilsa.
Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine
Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund
Paul Henreid as Victor Laszlo
Claude Rains as Captain Louis Renault
Conrad Veidt as Major Heinrich Strasser
Sydney Greenstreet as Signor Ferrari
Peter Lorre as Ugarte
Dooley Wilson as Sam
Writers: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch, Murray Burnett, Joan Alison