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In 1942, a film was put into development based on a stage play called Everybody Comes to Rick's. On paper nothing was particularly special about this film. A competent director was hired in Michael Curtiz, and the film was to be shot on the Warner Brothers backlot. After failing to secure actor George Raft, the first option for the leading role of Rick Blaine, the studio settled on Humphrey Bogart, whose only real leading role had come a year earlier in John Huston's directorial debut, The Maltese Falcon.
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“Your heart was warm and happy
With the lilt of Irish laughter
Every day and in every way
Now forever and ever after."