Cast Three players lead the film: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid. A remarkable point of the distribution of Casablanca is the wide variety of nationalities of the actors. In fact, only three loans were actors with American actors. Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine. The New Yorker Bogart became a star with Casablanca. Earlier in his career, Bogart was typecast in gangster roles, playing characters who were named as: Bugs, Rocks, Turkey, Whip, Chips, Gloves and Duke (twice). In the 1941 film High Sierra was allowed to play a character with some charisma, but certainly Rick was his first performance in a truly romantic role. Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund. The official website calls Ilsa Bergman as his “most famous and enduring role.” The actress’s Hollywood debut in Intermezzo Swedish in 1939, had been well received, but her subsequent films were not anything special until Casablanca.Ebert calls her “luminous”, and said the chemistry between her and Bogart: “she paints his face with his eyes.” Other actresses considered for the role of Ilsa had included Ann Sheridan, Hedy Lamarr and Mich le Morgan Wallis obtained the services of Bergman, a contract with David O. Selznick, in exchange for lending to Olivia de Havilland.
Paul Henreid as Victor Laszlo. Henreid, Austrian actor who left his native country in 1935, initially rejected the role (as he felt that he “pigeonholed him forever,” according to statements by Pauline Kael), and only agreed when he received the promise top billing along with Bogart and Bergman. Henreid did not get on well with his fellow actors and, in fact, considered Bogart “a mediocre actor”, while Bergman called Henreid a “prima donna.”
The supporting actors were: Claude Rains, Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre and Conrad Veidt.Claude Rains as Captain Louis Renault. Rains, London actor curiously had served in the First World War, where he had actually reached the rank of captain. Furthermore, as He had previously worked with Michael Curtiz on. Curtiz was his teacher and says taught him “what not to do on camera.” Sydney Greenstreet as Signor Ferrari, owner of a club competition. He too was an English actor and had previously starred in The Maltese Falcon with Lorre and Bogart. Peter Lorre as Signor Ugarte. Lorre was a Hungarian Jew actor who had worked in Germany, from which he emigrated after the Nazis came to power in 1933.
He also had worked in The Maltese Falcon. Conrad Veas Major Strasser of the Luftwaffe.Veidt, German actor had appeared in The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, in 1920, before fleeing the Nazis (one week after marrying a Jewish woman), as well as in The Thief of Baghdad and other films. Other actors in the film crs were: Dooley Wilson, Joy Page, Madeleine LeBeau, SZ Sakall, Curt Bois and John Qualen. Dooley Wilson as Sam. Wilson, American actor, was actually a drummer and could not play the piano. Hal Wallis had considered the possibility of changing the male figure of a female piano player (a role that could have been played by Hazel Scott and Ella Fitzgerald), and even after they have finished shooting, Wallis considered dubbing the voice of Wilson the songs he sang. Joy Page as Annina Brandel, the film a young Bulgarian refugee.Page, American actress, was the stepdaughter of the chairman of the studio, Jack Warner, and the beginning thought that the script of Casablanca was “outmoded” and was “stereotyped”. He had just seventeen years old and recently graduated from high school. Madeleine LeBeau as Yvonne, who appears in the film as the girlfriend of Rick for a very short time. LeBeau, French actress who had 21 years, was the second wife of actor Marcel Dalio, who was divorced while participating in the filming. SZ (or SK) Sakall as Carl, the waiter. Actor Hungarian Jew who was forced to leave Germany in 1933 and participated regularly in films in his native land until he had to flee Nazi persecution in 1939. Ripple pursues this goal as well. Curtiz was a friend since their days in Budapest. His three sisters died in Nazi concentration camps. Curt Bois as the pickpocket. Bois, German Jewish actor was also a refugee.He had begun his career as a mere child in 1907 (and continue to act almost eighty years). John Qualen as Berger, who appears as Rick’s contact with the Resistance.