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A Night in Casablanca (1946)

Passed | | Comedy | 12 October 1946 (Sweden)
The Marx Brothers are employed at a hotel in postwar Casablanca, where a ring of Nazis is trying to recover a cache of stolen treasure.

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(as Archie L. Mayo)

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(original screenplay), (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Kornblow (as The Marx Bros.)
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Rusty (as The Marx Bros.)
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Corbaccio (as The Marx Bros.)
Charles Drake ...
Lois Collier ...
Sig Ruman ...
Lisette Verea ...
Beatrice Rheiner
Lewis L. Russell ...
Governor (as Lewis Russell)
Dan Seymour ...
Prefect of Police
Frederick Giermann ...
Kurt
Harro Mellor ...
Emile
David Hoffman ...
Spy
Paul Harvey ...
Mr. Smythe
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Storyline

In post-war Casablanca, Ronald Kornblow is hired to run a hotel whose previous managers have all wound up being murdered. French soldier Pierre suspects the involvement of ex-Nazis, specifically Count Pfefferman, in reality the notorious Heinrich Stubel. But Pierre himself is accused of collaborating with the enemy, and attempts to clear his name with the help of his girlfriend Annette and cagey buddy Corbaccio. They enlist the aid of Pfefferman's beleaguered mute valet, Rusty, and discover a hoard of war booty the Nazis have cached in the hotel. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Release Date:

12 October 1946 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Uma Noite em Casablanca  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Marx Brothers put up their own money to produce the movie and, as they did with A Night at the Opera (1935) and A Day at the Races (1937), did a tour in which some of the comedy scenes were performed live to be "tested" for laughs. See more »

Goofs

In the scene where Rusty discovers the stolen loot, just before he moves toward the harp, the light shadow of a film crew member can be seen briefly. See more »

Quotes

Corbaccio: [Bumping into an Arab street vendor selling clothing] You gotta' be careful with those guys: they take you to the cleaners.
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Connections

Referenced in The Projectionist (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Beer Barrel Polka
(1927) (uncredited)
aka "Roll Out the Barrel"
Music by Jaromir Vejvoda from the song "Skoda lásky"
Performed by Chico Marx on piano with the band
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Fitting final flourish to the Marx Brothers act
12 August 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

That the Marxes could make this as their final film together (Groucho was tacked onto "Love Happy" as an afterthought and had no scenes with Chico and Harpo) means they could go out with a flourish. Groucho's jokes were back in form, not-so-sly innuendo and all, and the dross of the MGM years was cut away: the romantic leads had minimal screen time and did NOT sing, and the special effects laden last reel chase scene was cut mercifully short. Although it's unfortunate that the script had the quick-witted Marxes resort to poor stage fighting to overcome the Nazis. I believe it was while hanging from the ladder in that chase scene (in what's too clearly the California desert) that Groucho decided there must be a better way to make a living, and went to what became "You Bet Your Life."

PS: It suddenly struck me that Sig Ruman's voice, without the accent, could have been a perfect double for Marvin the Martian. Anyone know if he could have inspired Mel Blanc?

I got some hearty laughs out of it, so that's what counts in the end.


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