Corrected entry: The people are looking for passes to board the aeroplane that the police commissioner said were signed by D'Gaulle. D'Gaulle was a criminal in the eyes of the Vichy government, allied with Germany, and anyone with travel documents signed by him would probably be arrested.
Corrected entry: Major Strasser refers to Rick as a "bumbling American." Capt. Renault then replies, "We mustn't underestimate American blundering. I was with them when they blundered into Berlin in 1918." During World War I, no Allied soldiers ever attacked or occupied Berlin. In fact, when the war ended Germans still occupied some French territory. This led in part to the rise of Hitler and World War II because of the belief that Germany did not really lose World War I but was sold out by various conspirators.
Corrected entry: Major Strasser is supposed to be a member of the Gestapo (Secret Police), but he is wearing the insignia and rank badges of a Luftwaffe (Air Force) major. (The Gestapo uniform was essentially the same as that of the Waffen-SS and would have had the double lighting bolt insignia on one lapel.) (00:05:40)
Corrected entry: In the scene outside Ferrari's cafe, when Ilsa is examining the lace merchant's samples, Rick tries to apologize to Ilsa for the way he treated her the previous evening. He says "Maybe it was the bourbon." He pronounces it 'boor-bon' like the French would, not 'burr-bun' like an American.Marty362
Corrected entry: When this film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, Jack L. Warner was first on stage to accept the award, beating the film's actual producer, Hal B. Wallis, who was incensed at this slight and never forgave Warner. Wallis, at the time regarded as the "wunderkind" at the studio, left Warner Brothers shortly afterwards.
Corrected entry: Lazlo says on the first confrontation with Major Strasser: 'I'm a Czechoslovakian', and Strasser answers: 'You were. Now you're a subject of the German Reich'. If that means even the slightest connection with being 'citizen' then it is wrong. The movies legend suggests that Lazlo is from Prague - which in 1941 was in the Protectorate of Bohemia (only the Sudetenland was part of Germany). Not even the Germans living there were subjects of the Reich. They were so called Volksdeutsche and could for instance not be drafted in the Army. The Czechs of course had even less rights. (00:27:00)
Corrected entry: The scene: Rick is sitting in his darkened club after it has closed, he is drunk and waiting for Ilsa and talking to Sam. He wants Sam to play "As Time Goes By". After he says to Sam, "If she can stand it, so can I. Play it", Sam starts playing, and the camera starts to zoom in on Rick. It appears that Rick mistakenly re-starts some dialogue from earlier in the scene: "Well, that's the way it goes, one in one out." He says "Well.." and then appears to stifle himself.
Corrected entry: When Strasser receives the message to go to the airport, he travels there alone. Why not simply take a truckload of German soldiers with him?
Corrected entry: In the scene where Bogie meets up with Ingrid Bergman in his nightclub and breaks his rule of never drinking with customers, Claude Rains states "A precedent has been broken". He repeats this a minute or so later when Bogie picks up the tab. The error is grammatical in that precedents are set; only conventions are broken!
Corrected entry: The map shown in the opening credits is very inaccurate. Among other things, Poland is listed in eastern Ukraine; Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia are displayed, although they had been annexed by the Soviet Union a year earlier and were also under Nazi occupation in 1941; the border between Libya and Ethiopia is wrong (it should be straight and further west); and the Soviet Union is mislabeled.
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