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Source of Film

Based on his experiences at a bar in southern France in 1938, Murray Bennett, an English teacher at a U.S. vocational school, later wrote the play with his then wife Joan Allison.   They sold it to Warner Bros. after failing to find a Broadway producer.

Veteran twin brother screenwriting team Julius J. and Philip G. Epstein began work on the script, but dropped the project to join Frank Capra who had started filming a documentary series after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 1941.

Howard Koch, who had written the screenplay for Sergeant York among others, was assigned to complete the project and was still working on the script when filming started.

Producer Detail

Hal B. Wallis

Director Detail

Michael Curtiz

Movie Rating

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Film Run-time and Synopsis

1 hour, 42 minutes

This classic WWII romance is about an expatriate bar owner in North Africa who must confront suppressed feelings when an old flame walks back into his life. Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman star.

Film Awards

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences


MPAA Rating

No rating

Box Office Ranking

  • 1943 Domestic Box Office Rank: #6U.S. flag

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