[PW] ? "Come with Me to the Casbah" (Quotation Query #731)

S M Colowick januarye at gmail.com
Tue Jul 7 19:03:53 PDT 2015

On Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 6:17 PM, Shapiro, Fred <fred.shapiro at yale.edu> wrote:
> The supposed Charles Boyer line "Come with Me to the Casbah" is said by Wikipedia to appear in the trailer for his 1938 film "Algiers" but not in the film itself.  Is there any solid basis for the claim that it appeared in the trailer?  I don't see the trailer on Youtube, and I don't find the line itself in newspaper databases before 1944.

The book A Dictionary of Catch Phrases by Eric Partridge quotes an
obituary in the Daily Telegraph, 28 Aug. 1978, by Guy Rais: ‘He
insisted that he never said the line ... “The line was entirely the
creation of a press agent, and it has plagued me ever since I can
remember”, he said.'

Apparently the obit, or at least that quote, was picked up by other papers:


Sadly we can't ask Mr. Rais about what he wrote, because he just died, at 95:


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