Murray Burnett

Biography

Were it not for schoolteacher/playwright Murray Burnett, Humphrey Bogart would never have been able to grumble, "Of all the gin joints in all the world, she walks into mine," and Ingrid Bergman would never have been able to demand, "Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time" for it was Burnett who wrote the play Everybody Comes to Rick's on which Michael Curtiz's Casablanca is based. But though Burnett and his co-writer Joan Allison provided the inspiration and indeed, some of the film's most famous lines, their contribution to the masterpiece has been largely ignored while screenwriters Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Howard Kock all won Oscars for the script. Everybody Comes to Rick's was never produced on Broadway, but it did make it to the London stage in 1991. One of Burnette's earlier plays, the autobiographical Hickory Stick, was Broadway produced in 1991. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

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