This past Monday we got a tour of the Warner Brothers Studio Lot. The whole experience was amazing, getting to see the back lot where hundreds of famous films have been made, probably my favorite story being Tobey Maguire nearly choking from the rain in the upside down kiss scene in Spider-Man. We saw a couple of sound stages as well. But the best thing for me was when we got to go to their prop warehouse. There I saw a small piano that to a lot of people they wouldn’t think twice about, but I recognized it right away from one of my all time favorite movies. It was Sam’s piano from Casablanca. If you haven’t seen the film I highly recommend it, but for those of you who have, you know what that piano means to the story, and in relation cinema history. It looks so simple and inconsequential, but it is one of the last remaining pieces still around today, as the tour also showed us the only remaining set from Casablanca. The film will always be around for me to watch, but to actually see that piano that shared the camera with the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Raines, and Peter Lorre was something really special for me.
Here are some pictures of the piano and other cool things from Warner Bros.; also a clip from Casablanca with the piano in action. Enjoy.