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November 26 in History: 'Casablanca' Premieres in New York

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A film that would go on to become an integral part of cinematic history, 'Casablanca' premiered in NYC on November 26, 1942, 74 years ago today.

Based on a previously-unproduced play, the film was themed around both a love story and the overarching concern of World War II, which had been ongoing for three years in Europe, with the gruesome extent of Nazi actions still yet to be revealed.

With a relatively small budget but an all-star cast, the movie was expected to be successful, but was never expected to achieve the accolades it has gained over the years, with 'Casablanca' now well-regarded as one of the top movies ever produced.

The film premiered at the Hollywood Theater on 51st Street, now housing the Times Square Church.

Looking for a quick gift for a film lover? Here's 'Casablanca' on Blu-Ray or DVD, starting at $8.

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