November 28, 2012
A Rick's Cafe's server looks at the poster announcing the 70th anniversary tribute to the 1942 movie "Casablanca", in Casablanca, Morocco, Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. A former U.S. diplomat spent two years of work and a million dollars in investments to bring Rick's Cafe to Morocco's largest city. The elegant nightclub where Humphrey Bogart pined for Ingrid Bergman was just a set on a Warner Bros. sound stage in California; the film crew never got anywhere near North Africa.
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Seven decades after the premiere of the film classic "Casablanca," the Moroccan port city remains firmly associated in many people's minds with the movie, even though Rick's Cafe Americain, where much of the story took place, was a pure creation of Hollywood.
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