One of the fascinating pieces of trivia below is true*, the other is false. Do YOU know which is which?
1) In the 1980s, this film’s script was sent to readers at a number of major studios and production companies under its original title, “Everybody Comes to Rick’s.” Some readers recognized the script but most did not. Many complained that the script was “not good enough” to make a decent movie. Others gave such complaints as “too dated,” “too much dialog” and “not enough sex.”
2) Sexual tensions ran high on set due to a steamy love triangle between stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, and Claude Rains. Though Bogart and Bergman displayed great on-screen chemistry, it was Rains who eventually won Bogart’s heart. Their love affair continued in secrecy throughout filming, and they even had the script changed so that Rick and Captain Renault ended up together in the climax. After the movie wrapped, the pair continued their passions behind closed doors, but most Hollywood insiders were wise to their tryst. When Bogart died in 1957, Rains was inconsolable. For 15 days, he refused to let anyone touch Bogart’s body (even Bogart’s then “press wife,” Lauren Bacall), and simply laid with him in a position he would later describe as “like two fine silver spoons fitting into each other in the world’s fanciest mahogany spoon drawer.” And this is where we get “spooning” from. When Rains finally allowed officials to haul Bogart’s rotting corpse away to be cremated, Rains had his own heart cut out, cremated and mixed with Bogart’s ashes in a poetic act of undying love. Rains then became the first human to successfully live with an artificial heart, which was previously only tested on animals that only lived for a few minutes. Rains miraculously lived another 10 years with this primitive artificial heart, starring in such films as Lawrence of Arabia and The Greatest Story Ever Told, although he could only film scenes for 9 seconds at a time before he had to lay down and take oxygen. He would sleep at night in the cemetery where Bogart’s cremated remains were kept, often battling curious onlookers and stray dogs. Rains died in 1967 when the heart exploded with such force that an impact crater formed where he stood, which is now a famous tourism spot in New Hampshire. While details are sketchy, it is believed that Rains made a deal in Hell to come back to Earth and serve as a protective djinn in front of Bogart’s burial site, using dark magic and cursing all those who dare come disturb Bogart’s final resting place.