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    Casablanca (3) metal garden chairs from outside Rick's Café Américain. (Warner Bros., 1942) Vintage original screen used (3) French steel garden chairs highly visible in front of Rick's Café Américain, the iconic central setting of one of the greatest American movies of all time, Casablanca. Consisting of bent metal legs and armrests supporting 2-18 in. round frames with a sunburst of spring-steel slats composing the seat and back of each chair. Uniformly painted white. The chairs make their first appearance along with the introduction of "Captain Renault" (Claude Rains), in front of Rick's Café Américain, with Renault seated in one of these chairs, when he quips to "Rick" (Humphrey Bogart) who has just ejected an ex-girlfriend from his café, "How extravagant you are, throwing away women like that. Someday they may be scarce". These historic furniture set pieces are not only beautiful in and of themselves and immeasurably important in the landmark film, but as art pieces that contribute boldly to the themes and motifs at play throughout the design of the entire project. Exhibiting age and wear, some paint chipping, with only a few metal slats at the seat and back partially detached but all present and reparable. In vintage good condition. Provenance: Cinema Mercantile Co. liquidation sale, Los Angeles, October 2, 1982. Cinema Mercantile Co., one of the oldest and largest suppliers of film and TV set decorations, supplied items to Warner Bros. Studios during the production of Casablanca.

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