“As Time Goes By” became a timeless and memorable song since it was part of the classic movie “Casablanca” starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. This love story and WW II-era drama had its premiere in New York City on November 26, 1942. For those of you who know and have seen this movie then yes, there is really a Rick’s Cafe in Casablanca, Morocco which has been designed to look like the one made popular in the movie.
Bogart portrayed Rick Blaine who was a former freedom fighter turned into the owner of a North African nightclub. In the movie, much to his dismay, he gets reunited with the woman who broke his heart the lovely Ilsa Lund played by Bergman. The movie opened in theater all over the U.S. on January 23, 1943.
This movie was nominated for eight Oscars and won three – Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. As with most movies, it featured quotes that became known by everyone. They were:
Heartbroken Rick never expecting to see Ilsa again drunkenly says, “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine”.
At the ending when Rick helps Ilsa and her husband make a getaway, there is Louis who helps him out and says to the police “Round up the usual suspects”. Thus taking away their suspicion from Rick and Rick says “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship”.
And finally, as the tears flow and we look misty-eyed at Rick saying farewell forever to Ilsa he says to her “Here’s looking at you kid”.