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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 ... Heinrich Stubel / Max 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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The Marx Brothers spend... See more »

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Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Rick never says, "Play it again Sam," in Casablanca (1942) and, contrary to a popular rumor, the line does not appear in this film, either. The quote was often ascribed to the dialogue from the Humphrey Bogart film. See more »

Goofs

When the police prefect gives the order to "Round up all likely suspects," his lips clearly say, "Round up the usual suspects" (see trivia). See more »

Quotes

Corbaccio: [the bottle of champagne they've just uncorked turns out to be empty] Hey, you cheap crook, that bottle's empty!
Ronald Kornblow: That's "dry" champagne!
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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 Doctor Who: The Androids of Tara: Part Four (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Who's Sorry Now?
(1923)
Music by Ted Snyder
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
Sung in French (and later in English) by Lisette Verea (uncredited)
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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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Release Date:

12 October 1946 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Loma Vista Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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