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Play it again, Sam

11 June 2015

It’s well known that “Play it again, Sam” is a line that doesn’t occur in Casablanca (1942). Where you can hear it, however, is in The Spoilers (1955), an undistinguished Western (imdb rating 6.0) directed by Jesse Hibbs with Anne Baxter, Jeff Chandler and Rory Calhoun. You can hear Anne Baxter ask her piano player in a saloon about a third of the way through the film.

The film itself was the fifth version of an original play by Rex Beach from 1906. The film also has numerous credited screenwriters so I can’t tell you whether the line comes from Beach.

You might be surprised to see Anne Baxter playing a competent and sexy saloon owner. Earlier versions apparently starred John Wayne, Randolph Scott, Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper.

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