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  • Crowning Music of Awesome - When Victor Laszlo leads the crowd in Rick's in La Marseillaise to drown out the Nazi's "Die Wacht am Rhein". Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Awesome for Victor.
  • Director Displacement: Michael Curtiz won the Academy Award for Best Director, but that's about all the acclaim he's ever gotten for this movie. Film historians and critics usually credit the producer, Hal B. Wallis, and the various writers (Julius and Philip Epstein, Howard Koch, and the uncredited Casey Robinson) for the creative direction of the film. At worst, Curtiz has been called a "journeyman hack" or a "hired gun", though he did have a very successful career overall.
  • Genius Bonus: Bogart's eyes are brown - not that viewers could tell that, since Bogart had appeared only black and white films until that point.
  • Ho Yay: Louis is often interpreted as Ambiguously Gay, despite his habit of pulling The Scarpia Ultimatum on women. Even Ebert calls him "subtly homosexual" in his review of the film - apparently he has never heard of bisexuals.
    • Just about every male character in the movie has at least one Ho Yay moment with Rick.

 Renault: Rick is the kind of man that... well, if I were a woman, and I were not around, I should be in love with Rick.

  • It Was His Sled - The plane scene and "We'll always have Paris" is... uh... kinda obvious. It's even the iconic scene shown at Disney's Hollywood Studios for its famous movies tour.
  • Memetic Mutation: A good chunk of lines from the film have become considerably memorable. Notable is "Play it again, Sam", but they don't say these words exactly.
    • Another notable line is: "I believe this is going to be the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
    • "I am shocked, SHOCKED to find that (insert not-so-shocking event)."
    • "Round up the usual suspects"... which inspired The Usual Suspects.
  • Narm: Sadly the awesome "Le Marseillaise" scene is partly ruined by the close up of Yvonne and that ridiculous expression she makes as she is singing along.
    • Justified: That was possibly the actor's real reaction. The movie was shot in 1941, when France was still occupied by Nazi Germany, and the movie was cast with many refugees with memories of their home being invaded fresh in their minds. It would be similar to a movie about 9/11 shot only months after it happened with some of the actors having lost family in the attacks.
  • Values Dissonance - In the first scene inside Rick's, Sam is singing "Shine".
  • Watch It for the Meme: Watch it for any of the most famous lines; possibly even watch it for the Beam Me Up, Scotty, as many people now realize that it isn't "Play it again, Sam."
    • In fact, the majority of this movie's most famous lines are in the end scene, causing it to practically overdose on Memetic Mutation in the last ten minutes or so.
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