Episode 1 – Casablanca

, with special guest:

CasablancaWelcome to the inaugural episode of our podcast! This podcast will follow our attempts to  educate Jena Young on the great films that she hasn’t seen yet. Or, occasionally, just the ones she doesn’t remember.  This week’s episode was recorded before co-host Melissa Kaercher became a co-host so Tim Wick educates Jena all on his own.  If you didn’t suss it out from the title, we start with one of Tim’s favorite films – Casablanca.  To open the podcast, Jena tells us everything she knows about the movie she is about to see.  Then we take a break to watch the movie. If you really feel like playing along, you can watch it too!  Then we come back and discuss the movie.  We hope you enjoy our first podcast and keep coming back for more!

Casablanca (1942)
Casablanca poster Rating: 8.5/10 (605,980 votes)
Director: Michael Curtiz
Writer: Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, Howard Koch
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid
Runtime: 102 min
Rated: PG
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Released: 23 Jan 1943
Plot: A cynical expatriate American cafe owner struggles to decide whether or not to help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape the Nazis in French Morocco.


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    • Charles on June 17, 2013 at 7:00 pm
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    Whenever the Hayes Code comes up I always think of the Walter Matthau flick “House Calls” where the characters played by Matthau and Glenda Jackson are watching an old movie and (in clothes) they experiment to see if two people could find a position to sex on a bed under the old movie code rule requiring two people on a bed to each have at least one foot on the floor at all times.

    1. Hot damn! I need to see that movie.

    • Lollygirlie1 on June 20, 2013 at 10:13 pm
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    If you’re showing Vincent Price movies, you should put Theatre of Blood on the list…It’s the film that Vincent himself described as his favorite…plus Shakespeare!

    1. An undeniable classic!

  1. So I finally got around to watching this on your recommendation. Now I can listen to the rest of the podcast. I gotta say, for 70 years ago, the cinematography was beautiful. The story was so compelling. It really holds up. I see why people love it so much. I tweeted this, but thanks, you guys for making this the first movie on the podcast. Totally worth it, and if anyone ever asks I will recommend it. I’m actually kind of wishing I’d bought it instead of renting.

    1. You can still buy it. Then, when you hear about someone who has never seen it, you will have the disc at ready. (…and now you know why Tim and I have huuuuuuge DVD collections.)

    • Elliott James on May 15, 2014 at 3:29 pm
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    If you want a really bad remake of “Casablanca” there is always the Pamela Anderson movie “Barb Wire” from 1996

    1. Oh dear…

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