Casablanca

A Night in Casablanca may not qualify as a Marx Brothers classic, but it's certainly the best of their latter-day comedies. "This picture is funnier than all but a handful of their earlier ones," wrote the usually cantankerous Pauline Kael, and she's right. The Big Store would have been t…






Strasser:
[after Laszlo leads the band in playing the French national anthem] You see what I mean? If Laszlo's presence in a cafe can inspire this unfortunate demonstration, what more will his presence in Casablanca bring on? I advise that this place be shut up at once.

Renault:
But everybody's having such a good time.

Strasser:
Yes, much too good a time. The place is to be closed.

Renault:
But I've no excuse to close it!

Strasser:
Find one.

[Strasser leaves, ending the conversation; Renault walks into the middle of the room and blows his whistle]

Renault:
Everybody is to leave here immediately! This cafe is closed until further notice. Clear the room, at once!

Rick:
How can you close me up? On what grounds?

Renault:
I am shocked- shocked- to find that gambling is going on in here!

Croupier:
[hands Renault money] Your winnings, sir.

Renault:
[to croupier] Oh, thank you very much. [announcing to the room] Everybody out at once!

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