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Cacablanca Piano Sold at Auction for $600k

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Crap piano from a crap movie sells for way too much money. (Yes, I am muckraking. I’ve long maintained that Casablanca is nothing more than a Marx Brothers production without the laughs.)

KEY ROLE: This piano — auctioned yesterday to the tune of $600,000 — appeared alongside Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Dooley Wilson in “Casablanca.”

You’d think that when they spent all that money colorizing his mediocre movie they’d get the colors right.

 

» 30 Comments

  1. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    December 16th, 2012

    “You’d think that when they spent all that money colorizing his mediocre movie they’d get the colors right.”

    Raaciiiist!!!
    …Oh you meant the piano.

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  2. MaryfromMarin

    December 16th, 2012

    (1) Colorizing old B & W movies is a desecration

    (2) The only movie musical instrument worth even close to that sum is one of Harpo Marx/s harps

    (3) I’ve never seen Casablanca. So sue me.

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  3. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    December 16th, 2012

    I’ve fallen asleep on that movie.
    Also on The African Queen. (The movie, not 0bama)

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  4. Claudia

    December 16th, 2012

    Eeewwwwuuuu, MJA; falling asleep on Obama!

    Now I have a nasty image in my head – I have to take a scrub brush to my brain!

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  5. norman einstein

    December 16th, 2012

    IMHO, Ingrid Bergman was one of the most overrated actresses in the biz.
    And the way she chewed the scenery in that movie just made it that much worse.

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  6. Unruly Refugee

    December 16th, 2012

    I never understood what all the fuss was about, so thanks for confirming my doubts about that movie.

    Bogie was great in the Treasure of Sierra Madre.

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  7. BigFurHat

    December 16th, 2012

    I like Bogie.
    Bergman? Pffft.
    Never saw the fuss.

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  8. Edith McCrotch

    December 16th, 2012

    I thought colors were mostly left.

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  9. Hippie Critic

    December 16th, 2012

    I’ve seen Casablanca, yet can’t remember much about it. There’s a reason for that. It was very forgettable.

    I like Bogart. Liked Key Largo, The Maltese Falcon and a few others.

    Bergman is like wallpaper. She lights up the screen when she exits a scene. It doesn’t help that she has zero sex appeal.

    Among the most overrated films ever, along with To Kill A Mockingbird…don’t get me started.

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  10. Tuesday

    December 16th, 2012

    Well, kiss my grits! I love Casablanca. Love Bergman in it too. Sheesh!

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  11. Mr. Happy

    December 16th, 2012

    I thought Casablanca was a fine movie.

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  12. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    December 16th, 2012

    Bogart leaves me cold, especially now that I know he was a communist. Casablanca is a good, if not great, film. I think Ingrid Bergman’s close-ups are as delectable as Vivien Leigh’s and Terri Garr’s (I’ve seen them all on BIG theater screens).

    What I like about the movie are the Sidney Greenstreet and Claude Rains characters. And then there’s mmmmm Joy Page, (the Bulgarian girl), who made as much of an impression on me as Haya Harareet did in Ben Hur.

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  13. Buck Ofama

    December 16th, 2012

    BFH,

    Opinions about movies are subjective. Either you like them, or you don’t. As for me, I like “Casablanca”. Get over it.

    If people want to piss away their money on “memorobilia”, that’s THEIR business.

    Besides, shouldn’t we focus on more important things?

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  14. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    December 16th, 2012

    There’s no accounting for taste…unless you feel your guy card is on the line. Personally I’m too old to care about that.

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  15. Xavier

    December 16th, 2012

    Crap piano from a crap movie sells for way too much money.

    Conservatives respect the free market and people’s right to spend their own money as they please. That quote sounds like it was lifted from Huffpo or DU. Be ashamed.

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  16. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    December 16th, 2012

    Never was sure that was a real piano, ’cause “Sam” sure wasn’t playing it.

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  17. Billy Fuster

    December 16th, 2012

    The seller lost money on that deal–should have bought gold.

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  18. caroleigh/mississippi

    December 16th, 2012

    Casablanca is one of my favorites…. I’ve seen it hundreds of times…. a good movie, a good story, they say it’s a very small piano because Bogey was short. Also loved Love Is A Many Splendid Thing and often wondered about the hill behind the hospital where they used to meet , I was at that hospital in Kowloon but I never saw the wind-swept tree!

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  19. Diann

    December 16th, 2012

    I’m with you, Fur. Producers had a hell of a time keeping a writer. They went through so many screenwriters and it shows. It’s choppy with very little continuity and flow.

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  20. grayjohn

    December 16th, 2012

    I am shocked, Shocked! to find such criricism going on in this blog!

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  21. grayjohn

    December 16th, 2012

    Touch me again Sam. Thure Mr. President…

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  22. FreeMan & Sarah Intend to Defend

    December 16th, 2012

    Play it again Sam!

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  23. Tim

    December 16th, 2012

    “You must remember this …”

    I got over that crap about movies portraying some sort of eternal truth about 30 years ago. Most of em are just baloney that allows you some time to not think about how the country’s turned to shit.

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  24. Dano

    December 16th, 2012

    I guess I’ll have to watch it again. The last time I did was after a few beers. Don’t remember if I liked it or not…

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  25. F.D.R. in Hell

    December 16th, 2012

    The only thing I remember about Casablanca was meeting there in January 1943 with Churchill and General de Gaulle. The General kept farting all through the meetings and blaming it on the Vichy water.
    :roll:

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  26. caroleigh/mississippi

    December 16th, 2012

    It was a GOOD GOOD MOVIE, you guys got no taste
    what-so-ever…………… watct it again…

    sex
    affairs
    espionage
    love
    separation
    patriotism

    come on big fur hat

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  27. RANDO

    December 16th, 2012

    It is a decent movie. Probably not a true classic, like Buckaroo Banzai, but okay for it’s time.

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  28. AvgDude

    December 16th, 2012

    Are the tickets to Lisbon still inside?

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  29. Shanachie

    December 16th, 2012

    If you ever got a message like the letter the character Rick gets while he’s on the train platform in the rain, you “get” this movie. You got to have had “your insides kicked out” emerging from suicidal and homicidal rage to “doing the right thing” just because that’s what real men do. Then its a powerful movie, otherwise I guess its just another sappy love story. Completely unremarkable :)

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  30. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    December 16th, 2012

    “Conservatives respect the free market and people’s right to spend their own money as they please. That quote sounds like it was lifted from Huffpo or DU. Be ashamed.”

    Oh gimme a break! WHERE and WHEN did BFH say “you can’t buy this piano because ____?”

    I wouldn’t stop a guy from buying a $17 dollar apple from Harry & David, but I’m sure as shit gonna talk about his dumb ass. lol.

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