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

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com
Tue Jul 7 19:45:57 PDT 2015

I performed a preliminary search back in 2010 and found evidence
showing usage of the phrase in 1944, but not earlier.

I looked at several clips from Algiers on YouTube trying to locate the
expression, but none of the clips contained the expression. Yet, I do
not remember if I was able to find the trailer online in previous

In the following clip of intimacy the word "Casbah" was said by Lamarr
and not Boyer.

Algiers - Hedy Lamarr & Charles Boyer

[Begin transcription]
Boyer:  Suppose you don't come tomorrow?
Lamarr: Suppose I don't; Can't you ever get away from the Casbah?
Boyer:  Why do you ask?
Lamarr: Can't you?
Boyer:  No. I am caught here. . .
[End transcription]

If the phrase really was used in the trailer in 1938 then somehow its
popularity was delayed until 1944. I think that would have been odd.

In the excerpt below "weary" was misspelled as "wearly".

[ref] 1944 May 31, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Main Street Meditations by
Eleanor Clarage, Quote Page 7, Column 3, Cleveland, Ohio.

[Begin excerpt]
Are you, too, getting just a little wearly of all those bad imitations
of Charles Boyer, beginning: "Come with me to the Casbah ...?"
[End excerpt]

[ref] 1944 November 23, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Tricks For Teens by
Nancy Pepper, Quote Page 19, Column 4, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
(Google News Archive)[/ref]

[Begin excerpt]
Also--When a boy asks a girl to have a coke at the soda fountain, he's
liable to hiss, "Come with me to the Casbah."
[End excerpt]

Some variant phrases I've seen:
Come with me to the Casbah
Let me take you to the Casbah
Come to the Casbah


On Tue, Jul 7, 2015 at 10:29 PM, Beers, Carol
<Carol.Beers at tularecountylibrary.org> wrote:
> Sometimes the original trailer will be included when the DVD is released. Front Row Entertainment released
> Algiers in 2001.
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> Subject: Re: [PW] ? "Come with Me to the Casbah" (Quotation Query #731)
> 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:
> https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=860&dat=19780828&id=1oRUAAAAIBAJ&sjid=MI8DAAAAIBAJ&pg=5421,3676810&hl=en
> Sadly we can't ask Mr. Rais about what he wrote, because he just died, at 95:
> http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/11713530/Guy-Rais-journalist-obituary.html
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