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"A fascinating story of how the studio system created an immortal film in spite of itself." -- Newsweek

"A rich detective story that gets to the bottom of the Casablanca story." -- Boston Globe

"Splendid . . . Gracefully written and thoroughly researched." -- New York Times Book Review

"This book is terrific. It should be required reading for anyone who is in movies or loves movies." -- Billy Wilder

About the Author

Aljean Harmetz is the author of The Making of The Wizard of Oz, as well as numerous other film-related books. A former journalist for the New York Times, she lives in Los Angeles.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books; 1 edition (October 23, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786888148
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786888146
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Marc Flanagan on September 21, 2005
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Have you ever purchased something twice and started to read or listen to it and realize you have already read or purchased it before?

As Bogart says in his cafe, " I was misinformed". A few years ago,I bought and read this book under the title, "Round Up The Usual Suspects" and I enjoyed it very much. I then bought it again (recently, I'm not that disoriented-yet) under it's new title, "The Making of Casablanca" same book, and same level of enjoyment. Aljean Harmetz was a New York Times correspondent and she is a skilled writer. Ms. Harmetz unfurls the story of the production of "Casablanca" in an entertaining fashion. So many things could have been undone by the studio and the government (released before World War II) the producer Hal Wallis kept the production on even keel and how Wallis went about it, is the crux of the story. Great insight into the era and the number of refugees who portray refugees, Bogart stories and Bergman tales. A really absorbing read, especially if you are a fan of the movie...and who isn't?
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I read this book in hardcover, and loved it. CASABLANCA is my all-time favorite film, and I've read all the other books about it, too, but this one is by far the best. It's a great study of how the film got made, at a level of (fascinating!) detail not found in other references. I recommend it without reservation.
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Yes, this is a great book on Casablanca, it is also THE best book on movie making in the 40's. I work as a Hollywood Film editor and love Hollywood history. This is a must read for anyone with an interest in filmmaking.
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Lots of background and detail, but maybe a little too much context. I'm more interested in what happened at the studio and on the soundstages than I am in the various machinations in Washington, DC. Still, a compelling enough story to send me in search of Harmetz's "Making of the Wizard of Oz" as well.
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If you have seen Casablanca more than a few times, this book is for you. If you're interested in the studio system that ruled Hollywood movie making in the days of black and white films, this book is for you. It is well-researched with great photos along with pictures of studio reports and memos.

No matter how much you think you know about the movie and the production of it, you will find at least a few facts that will make you say "Whoa, I didn't know that". The behind the scenes material in this book will change how you view Casablanca and allow you to observe each scene with a new perspective. The only criticism I have is that the original title, Round Up the Usual Suspects, is much more appropriate for those who love the film, even though Making of Casablanca probably increased sales for those who may have overlooked it in its original title.
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Just as Pauline Kael wrote *the* book on Citizen Kane (Raising Kane), this Aljean Harmetz volume is *the* study of Casablanca.

What always stays with me is there were only three credited American actors: Bogart, Dooley Wilson and Joy Page, who played the Bulgarian wife, was Jack Warner's step-daughter. Many of the rest of the cast were important in Central Europe before the Nazis took over. Harmetz tells us why.
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This book has really opened my eyes to the history and behind the scenes events for one of my most favorite movies. If your a film collector this book belongs in your collection.
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