2017-05-19 / Travel

Morocco

The Kasbah
By Warner M. Montgomery Warner@ TheColumbiaStar.com


Casablanca (1943) starred Bogart and Ingrid Bergman Casablanca (1943) starred Bogart and Ingrid Bergman “Meet me at the Kasbah.”

Who uttered that famous phrase in what movie?

Was it Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca ? Marlena Dietrich in The Blue Angel ? Or James Bond in Diamonds are Forever? It was Humphrey Bogart! Bogie to his friends.

Bogie was born in New York City to a doctor addicted to opium. He was expelled from Phillips Academy, joined the U.S. Naval Reserve, performed poorly at a film studio in New York, struggled as a stage actor, signed a contract for a film but was soon fired, then beat out Edward G. Robinson for a role in Warner Brothers’ The Petrified Forest (1936).

The film earned Bogie a contract with Warner Bros. and for four years he appeared in 28 films as gangsters, cowboys and zombies. Then, he got a roles in High Sierra , The Maltese Falcon, Casablanca (1942), The Big Sleep (1946), and Key Largo (1948).


The African Queen (1951) starred Bogart and Katherine Hepburn. The African Queen (1951) starred Bogart and Katherine Hepburn. Bogie became popular with writers and intellectuals and married actress Lauren Bacall. In 1947, he and Bacall protested witch hunts by the House Un-American Activities Committee and formed their own movie company which made The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). Bogie won an Academy Award for The African Queen (1951) and was nominated for Casablanca (1942).

Seeking memories of Bogart and Bacall, Linda and I travelled to Morocco in a hot June to find the Kasbah and to continue our own steamy romance. Oh! what a glorious time.



Key Largo (1948) starred Bogart and Lauren Bacall. Key Largo (1948) starred Bogart and Lauren Bacall.

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