"Casablanca" – Hollywood’s Classic Happy Accident

Larry uses PowerPoint images and movie clips to re-visit a true classic in this presentation lasting one hour and 15 minutes. It's an engaging look back at the happy accident that resulted in a B-movie capturing the hearts of movie lovers and critics alike for generations. The audience will learn about one of the big screen's most unusual love triangles (Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid) and that the often-quoted phrase "Play it again, Sam" is never actually spoken in the classic favorite. Also, some audience members are sure to be surprised when it comes to that airplane in the famous last scene.

For availability and speaking fees, call 214-364-7364 or email lrratliff@verizon.net.

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Movie Memories Update

Marion or The Duke: It's all John Wayne

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John Wayne about to hitch a ride to fame as The Ringo Kid in "Stagecoach" (1939).

So what's your favorite Marion Robert Morrison movie?

We're talking the late, great "everyman" movie star John Wayne, of course.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance starring The Duke, Jimmy Stewart, Vera Miles and Lee Marvin as the title character is my favorite, Pilgrim.   That heartfelt-yet-hard hitting Western of love, unrequited and otherwise, giant pan-fried steaks and Marvin as quite possibly one of the Top 5 big screen baddies of all time, only edges out True Grit by an eyepatch or two.

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