Since I first saw the movie too many years ago, my favourite character has always been the impervious Sydney Greenstreet. He steals every scene he's in, with barely a flicker of his horsefly whisk.
“Might as well be frank, Monsieur. It would take a miracle to get you out of Casablanca, and the Germans have outlawed miracles.”
But of course, if the price was right, the big man would make it so.
As with all creations verging on the mystical, rumours and anecdotes surround the movie. And my favourite is that lurking somewhere in this big old world there is an alternative ending: Just because I'm into alternative history and might have beens - but then Casablanca is perfect, and how can you improve on perfection?
For more about Casablanca, shoot over to Stephen Spencer's site - a self confessed movie trivia addict, he's even got a fun quiz waiting for you! Go on and give it a go - you never know, it could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.