Feb 13

As time goes by, Casablanca movie advertisement

Advertisements for the movies Cat People and Casablanca from January 1943.

How do you measure movie success?
Cat People was so good in 1942, that it was remade 40 years later with Nastassja Kinski in the title role.
Casablanca was never remade.
Cat People uses poster type that looks fuzzy or was clawed by cats.
Casablanca does not.
The Cat People lead actress was Simone Simon and according to IMDb this movie was her best role. IMDb reviews of Cat People give it a strong 7.5 of 10 and make flattering comparisons to Alfred Hitchcock’s thrillers.
The plot synopsis involves a Serbian immigrant who fears that a family curse will turn her into a deadly panther when aroused and uh oh, she just got married.
I have never seen it.
Casablanca is ranked by many as an American classic; winning 3 Oscars and is filled with memorable performances by Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Paul Henreid, Conrad Veidt, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and Dooley Wilson.
The movie was rushed to release because the Allies had invaded Casablanca in real life in November 1942. This advertisement was from the Telegram-Tribune Jan. 30, 1943.
Both movies opened for three day runs in San Luis Obispo about 70 years ago. Cat People played the Obispo, Casablanca the Fremont.

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