Sunday, February 24, 2013

157 Quiz Answer

The answer this week is “Casablanca.”  You must remember this: starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, it was one of the all-time favorite motion pictures.

(Also for ABC Wednesday: "G" is for "Grandad")
Here's this week's Berownial quiz. I wrote the following little scenelet, basing it on a very popular motion picture. Your assignment, should you choose to accept it, is: name the movie.

Because it’s Academy Awards day, I should mention that the film was an Oscar winner for best picture.

 

“So what did you want to talk to me about?”

“Well, you know, some of the other kids talk about what their grandads did during the war.  So I got to thinking about you.  What did you do during the war, Grandad?”

“Ha, that’s a good one.  Talk about great war heroes, I wasn’t one of ‘em.  I ran a café, over in Morocco.”

“You ran a café?  I was sort of hoping you’d have an interesting war story to tell.”

“Well, I do.  At least I think it’s interesting.  Let me tell you about the time I got stood up by the most beautiful girl I had ever seen.”

“Doesn’t sound much like a war story.”

“Well, it was.  At least, the war was on when it happened.  I was a young guy in Paris when the Germans marched in.  I was in love with this beautiful blonde girl and we were going to leave together to get away from occupied France. “

“And you got stood up?”

“That’s it.  I waited at the train station for an hour or so.  She never showed.  That was awful.  She was my one true love and I guessed she had just casually run off with some other guy.  I really hated her after that.”

“Certainly a strange war story…”

“Anyway, I wound up a year or so later running this cafe in Morocco.  A great job; I was monarch of all I surveyed.  And – guess what?  She walks in, big as life!  Of all the gin joints in all the world, she walks into mine.  She said she had seen the sign ‘Rick’s Cafe Americain’ and wanted to see what it was like.”

“Must have been a bit embarrassing.”

“Not really, because she explained what had happened back in Paris.  You see, she had been married but got news that her husband had died in a concentration camp so she had felt it was okay for us to be together. “

“So you were a couple again?”

“Nope.  She suddenly learned that her husband hadn’t died, which was why she hadn’t been able to meet me at the train station.  So she was very much married, and she stayed married.”

“A love story with a not-so-happy ending.”

“Well, she and her husband went on to devote themselves actively to the anti-Nazi cause, so I feel now that maybe things turned out the right way after all.”


(Also submitted to Sunday Scribblings.)

48 comments:

kaykuala said...

Casablanca by any chance? Likes the song. Nicely Berowne!

Hank

Strummed Words said...

Nice war story...

Catfish Tales said...

My mind's a 'blanca'. Could it have something to do with a famed 'casa'? ;-) Play it again, Sam.

The Happy Amateur said...

"Casablanca" !

Berowne said...

Hey, we're off to a fine start. Correct answers were posted by kaykuala, Catfish Tales and The Happy Amateur. Congrats!

Altonian said...

What do they say? 'The finest 'B' movie ever made! ...."we'll always have, Casablanca."

Helen said...

Whatever Kaykuala, Catfish and Happy Amateur said ~~ I ditto???

keiths ramblings said...

Not being a film buff puts me at a bit of a disadvantage here!I'm off to Morocco soon so I'll look out for the cafe - it may give me a clue!

Leovi said...

A funny dialogue.

Berowne said...

Another winner. Altonian has also coughed up the right answer.

Heidi said...

Casablanca.

It's nice to think of Rick with a grandchild.

Kathe W. said...

Play it again Berowne...it's gotta be Casablanca! Made the year I was born!
Thanks for these fun posts- you stumped me last week!

Berowne said...

Two more with the correct answer: Kathe W and Heidi.

Bee's Blog said...

Casablanca.

anthonynorth said...

Ah, Casablanca.

The Write Girl said...

It sounds like Casablanca, which is a terrific movie. Nice little tale here.

oldegg said...

Now this one looks like Casablanca and Humphrey Bogart.

Berowne said...

Some more winners! Bee's Blog, anthonynorth, The Write Girl and oldegg - all with the right answer.

Helen said...

OK, consumed with guilt she returns for a second try .... with trepidation in her voice she asks 'is it Sophie's Choice?'

Granny Smith said...

Well, I didn't get the answer, even though Tootsie was one of my favorite movies! Dumb me! I really enjoyed the story as you told it.

Roger Owen Green said...

Sounds a lot like that white house, what do you call it, Casablanca...

gsb said...

I'll take a shot at Casablance...no shooting is taboo these days...I'll take a stab at Casablanca...no that's to graphic...how about a wee voice in the night guesses Casablanca..liked the dialogue..

Berowne said...

Roger Owen Green and gsb have just joined the ranks of those who know the right answer. Congrats...

Lady In Read said...

Of all the movies I could think of, the one that walked in to my mind first was Casablanca.

Lady In Read said...

and loved Helen's comments above:)

naturgesetz said...

It was the start of a beautiful friendship in "Casablanca."

Berowne said...

Two more with the correct answer: Lady in Read and naturgesetz.

Kutamun said...

Dark Blue World, 2001, directed by Czech Jan Sverak

Yvonne Osborne said...

I know the answer**waving hand** Bogart/Bacall...Play it again Sam....

Other Mary said...

Well, of all the gin joints in all the world...she walked into the one in Casablanca!

totomai said...

sounds familiar but i cant get remember the title haha

Little Nell said...

I think it's Casablanca.

Berowne said...

Little Nell, Other Mary and Yvonne Osborne are three more bloggers who know the right answer.

Karen S. said...

Casablanca, and As Time Goes By, still a remarkable movie to this day!

Lyn said...

#1 fav...Casablanca? Is this the start of a beautiful friendship?

Berowne said...

If you're keeping score, add two more who know the correct answer: Karen S and Lyn.
(Have you noticed? Lyn never fails us...)

hyperCRYPTICal said...

First thought Brief Encounter but possibly Casablanca?

Love your puzzles!

Anna :o]

Lesley said...

Casablanca?

Berowne said...

Keep 'em coming; two more who gave the right answer - hyperCRYPTICal and Lesley. Congrats.

Leslie: said...

I think I might get this one - is it Casablanca?

Leslie
abcw team

Reader Wil said...

It looks like "Casablanca". I liked that movie with Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart.
Thanks for the quiz!
WIl, ABCW Team.

Berowne said...

Add two more, Reader Wil and Leslie, with the correct answer. Don't forget; there's a Lesley and a Leslie. :-)

Sharp Little Pencil said...

Just got here. Now, really, Berowne, let's get a little more esoteric than "Casablanca"! Really, thanks for giving one out I had a shot at guessing. It's Lex's and my fave pic of all time... along with "To Have and Have Not." Loved your take on it! Amy
http://sharplittlepencil.com/2013/02/26/gorgeous-goldfinger-gal-shirley-bassey/

uberrhund said...

Ahhh, the story is told by Rick from Casablanca!
I sure hope this is the right way to reply to the quiz(with a comment).

Berowne said...

More correct answers from two correct answerers: Sharp Little Pencil and uberrhund.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Ahh not much of a movie enthusiast so I don't know the answer but.. I like the plot of the story.


Gums and Gummies
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team.

Tess Kincaid said...

Oh! Finally an easy one! Casa Blanca!

Berowne said...

I'm pleased to report that Tess Kincaid has also posted the right answer.

 
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