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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.

Director:

Archie Mayo (as Archie L. Mayo)

Writers:

Joseph Fields (original screenplay), Roland Kibbee (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Groucho Marx ... Kornblow
Harpo Marx ... Rusty
Chico Marx ... Corbaccio
Charles Drake ... Pierre
Lois Collier ... Annette
Sig Ruman ... Pfferman
Lisette Verea ... Bea
Lewis L. Russell Lewis L. Russell ... Governor (as Lewis Russell)
Dan Seymour ... Prefect of Police
Frederick Giermann Frederick Giermann ... Kurt
Harro Meller Harro Meller ... 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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100 Girls! 1,000 Scenes! 10,000 Laffs! See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | German

Release Date:

12 October 1946 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Una noche en Casablanca See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Loma Vista Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A Hollywood legend claims that Warner Brothers, which produced Casablanca (1942), threatened to sue The Marx Brothers for using the word "Casablanca" in the title. Groucho Marx wrote a letter to Warner Brothers in which he threatened to sue them for using the word "Brothers": "Professionally, we were brothers before they ever were." However, film critic Richard Roeper claims (correctly) that the story is fake. In fact, Warner Brothers never threatened to sue, but merely inquired about the story of the Marx Brothers' film, to make sure there was no copyright infringement. Groucho used the inquiry as an excuse for a publicity stunt. He wrote a series of comic letters to Warner Brothers (in which he told the studio, "Professionally, we were brothers before you ever were.") The letters were published in "The Saturday Evening Post" to publicize the movie. See more »

Goofs

In Heinrich Stubel's bedroom, not too far from the end of the film, a lounge chair is visible by the closet, yet the next shot of the closet - the chair is nowhere to be seen. See more »

Quotes

Ronald Kornblow: [just taken off in an airplane] Well, here we are flying in the air.
[stares into camera]
Ronald Kornblow: What a stupid remark that is.
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Alternate Versions

The first few seconds - the Approved code - are missing from some prints (including video prints). The code is on a title screen. The prints without the code fade in when the credits begin to run. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Inside the Marx Brothers (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonlight Cocktail
(1941) (uncredited)
Music by Luckey Roberts
Performed by Chico Marx on piano with the band
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Good farce!
8 March 2006 | by dmuenzenSee all my reviews

The Marx Brothers came out of retirement to make this film in order to help the financially-strapped Chico, who was forever broke due to his gambling addiction.

The movie begins slowly, and there are some rather unfunny scenes featuring Harpo, but when Chico and Groucho arrive on the scene the film really picks up. There are some truly great scenes in this film. My favorite is Harpo desperately trying to convey important information to Chico via whistles and inspired charade.

The plot is rather silly, but who cares? While not on a par with their classics "Duck Soup" and "A Night at the Opera", this movie is very much worth seeing.


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