November 26 in Swedish History
1942: the movie ”Casablanca” premieres at the Hollywood Theatre in New York City. The film is directed by Michael Curtiz and stars Humphrey Bogart and Swedish Ingrid Bergman. The premiere is set to coincide with the Allied invasion of North Africa and the capture of Casablanca. In the 1,500-seat theater, the film brings in $225,000 over ten weeks. The general release is on January 23, in 1943.

Ingrid Bergman often spoke about the difficulties surrounding the making of the film classic; there was chaos on the set as a finished script did not exist and tempers flared. Nobody seemed to really want to be involved in the project, in particular Bergman herself who had her heart set on the role of Maria in Hemingway’s ”For Whom the Bell Tolls”.
Today, ”Casablanca” has reached cult status, with the song ”As Time Goes By” and memorable quotes like these:
"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."
”Play it once, Sam. For old times’ sake.”
”I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
”The Germans wore gray, you wore blue.”
”Here’s looking at you, kid.”
”We’ll always have Paris.”


The Hollywood Theatre, designed by architect Thomas W. Lamb for Warner Brothers as a showcase for ‘talkie’ movies, was one of the last movie palaces to be built in mid-town Manhattan. It opened on April 22, 1930 located on West 51st Street and Broadway. It closed in 1948, opening again a year later for stage shows and was renamed Mark Hellinger Theatre, after the producer.