Casablanca had its world premiere on November 26, 1942 at the Hollywood Theatre in New York. The final line of this brilliant film was spoken by nightclub owner Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) to collaborationist police boss Captain Louis Renault (Claude Rains) as they leave vanquished Morocco to join the Free French army in West Africa.
“Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship,” said Bogart.
The film, which starred Ingrid Bergman, won three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch won Best Screenplay.