Hammerman Ikon

Hammerman Ikon Film Guide

Director: Michael Curtiz
Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Peter Lorre, Sydney Greenstreet, Conrad Veidt

During World War 2 an American expat runs a night club in Casablanca which has become a hub for refugess escaping Nazi oppression to America. One day his former lover walks in with her husband, and the old wounds are reopened. This definitive romantic drama was a happy accident in which everything came together perfectly: wonderful casting and characterisation, a dynamite script with imminently quotable dialogue and the unforgettable song(s). Not to forget director Michael Curtiz, who put it all together and won an Academy Award. As did the film and its screenplay which is based on "Everybody Comes to Rick's", an unpublished play by Murray Burnett and Joan Alison.