A playscript of Everybody Comes to Rick's, the basis for Casablanca

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A playscript of Everybody Comes to Rick's, the basis for Casablanca

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A playscript of Everybody Comes to Rick's, the basis for Casablanca
Warner Bros., 1942. Mimeographed manuscript, by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison, 101 pp separated into 3 acts, with "Wallis / 3/3/42" handwritten in upper left corner of title page and "Important! Return Story Dept." stamp to both cover and title pages, with "Wharton & Gabel" name and address typed to title page, and "Everybody Comes to Rick's" on the cover page, crossed out in blue pencil with "Casablanca" written over it, bound with brads and housed in pale blue wrappers.

Irene Diamond was a story editor at Warner Bros. who had an instinct about an unproduced play written by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison, even after it was snubbed by other studios. Her persuasion was instrumental in the ultimate purchase of the rights by producer Hal Wallis (this is likely his copy of the script), who purchased it for $20,000, a record at that time for the purchase of a play which had never been produced. The title was changed to Casablanca, and Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman were cast as the leads. Interestingly, the play itself was not produced until 1991. The inspiration for the play was Burnett's own experience in 1938 of helping smuggle money out of Vienna (which was under German occupation) for his Jewish relatives. Burnett co-wrote the play with Alison in 1940, and after shopping it around to no avail, accepted the amazing deal offered by Warners. Over the years, Burnett felt slighted for the lack of recognition he received, but Alison was more pragmatic when she said, "You have to divide all the credit there to Warner Bros., to the photographer, [to] the guy who wrote the music; so many people contributed to it. So how can they say that we were underestimated?" She did admit, however, that her first choice for the part of Rick was Clark Gable!
9 x 11.5 in.
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A playscript of Everybody Comes to Rick's, the basis for Casablanca
A playscript of Everybody Comes to Rick's, the basis for Casablanca
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