Tuesday, August 10, 2010

MV: Casablanca

1943 - Casablanca

In World War II Casablanca, Rick Blaine, exiled American and former freedom fighter, runs the most popular nightspot in town. The cynical lone wolf Blaine comes into the possession of two valuable letters of transit. When Nazi Major Strasser arrives in Casablanca, the sycophantic police Captain Renault does what he can to please him, including detaining Czech underground leader Victor Laszlo. Much to Rick's surprise, Lazslo arrives with Ilsa, Rick's one time love. Rick is very bitter towards Ilsa, who ran out on him in Paris, but when he learns she had good reason to, they plan to run off together again using the letters of transit. Well, that was the plan....

Lisbon became the great embarkation point.
  • embarkation point: a place to get on a ship in order to begin a journey
  • halt: stop
It's the fishing smack Santiago.
  • smack: a small boat used for fishing
And his father is the bellboy.
  • bellboy: a man whose job is to carry people’s bags to their room in a hotel
Someday they may be scarce.
  • scarce: if something is scarce, there is not very much of it
Maybe get her on the rebound.
  • on the rebound: when someone is impatient to start a new relationship in order to forget the old one
Why don't you spill it.
  • to spill it: to talk about it
I stick my neck out for nobody.
  • stick my neck out: to take a risk by saying or doing something that could be wrong or could make other people react angrily
I admit he's clever. Three times he slipped through our fingers.
  • slipped through our fingers: if something such as a chance, opportunity, or prize slips through your fingers, you fail to get it or to take advantage of it
A lot of water under the bridge.
  • water under the bridge: used for saying that you should stop thinking about something bad that happened in the past and you should forgive people who did bad things
We have a curfew in Casablanca.
  • curfew: a law that does not allow people to go outside after a particular time in the evening
A very puzzling fellow, this Rick.
  • puzzling fellow: a man who is confusing or difficult to understand or solve
My German's a little rusty.
  • rusty: a skill that is rusty has not been used recently
And don't forget, there's a price on your head.
  • price on your head: reward if captured
My impression was he's just another blundering American.
  • to blunder: to move or progress in a careless way, making mistakes or creating problems as you go
You would find the conversation a trifle one-sided.
  • a trifle: not very much, only a little
He pretty near has a monopoly on the black market here.
  • monopoly: complete control over something by one organization or person
Don't be too downhearted.
  • downhearted: sad, discouraged
That's why I came here. To give them a chance to ransack my place.
  • to ransack: to go through a place stealing or damaging things
Signor Ferrari is the fat gent at the table.
  • gent: short name for gentleman
Might as well be frank, monsieur.
  • to be frank: used when you are going to say something that other people might not like to hear
We know that every French province in Africa is honeycombed with traitors.
  • honeycombed: full of people hiding everywhere
- How'd you get in? You're underage.
  • underage: too young to legally drink or gamble
He is? Captain Renaultís getting broad-minded. Sit down.
  • broad-minded: willing to accept many different types of behavior and not easily shocked
Honest? As honest as the day is long.
  • As honest as the day is long: used to describe someone who is very honest.
Instead of this petty charge against him, you could get something big...
  • petty: small
...something that would chuck him in a concentration camp for years...
  • to chuck: to get rid of someone you do not want
- Be quite a feather in your cap, right?
  • feather in your cap: an achievement that you can feel pleased and satisfied about
How do I know you'll keep your end of the bargain?
  • keep your end of the bargain: to do what you say you are going to do when we made a deal.
I'll make the arrangements now with Laszlo in the visitor's pen.
  • pen: a small area with a fence around it
You're the only one in Casablanca who has less scruples than I.
  • scruples: a moral principle that prevents you from doing something that you think is bad
- I asked you to tie up your watchdogs.
  • watchdog: a person that works to stop people from doing illegal things
Ceiling unlimited. Thank you.
  • ceiling: the greatest height at which an aircraft can fly and be safe
...don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.
  • hill of beans: to not be important at all
- I could be induced to arrange a passage.
  • induced: to cause something
That 10,000 francs should pay our expenses.
  • expenses: money that is spent as part of a job

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