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Classic Hollywood / A chair from Rick's Cafe in Casablanca
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Many of the scenes from Casablanca took place in "Rick's Café Américain"; in fact, the original title of the film was Everybody Comes to Rick's. Many of these chairs are prominently featured in the scenes where Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman's classic loves story unfolds. Every table at Rick's Café Américain features the cane café chair, like this one. At some point after filming, most of the examples had a red wooden plank affixed to the seat (a frugal solution by the prop department; easier and cheaper than recaning). This example was purchased by the present owner at the Cinema Mercantile liquidation sale of 1983, and still bears the original lot number from that auction .