Casablanca It’s one of my favourite movies. Tobacco Control must really hate it, because there’s barely a single scene in it in which someone isn’t smoking, and the air isn’t filled with smoke.
In fact it’s Humphrey Bogart’s hand, holding a cigarette over an ashtray, that immediately precedes his first appearance in the movie as Rick Blaine. And thereafter he’s hardly in any scene without a cigarette that he’s isn’t lighting, or stubbing out, or has dangling between his lips as he talks. He’s Mr Cigarette.
And almost all the other principal actors smoke too. Even Major Strasser smokes. For…