One of my favorite aspects of the classic movie Casablanca is the relationship between Rick Blaine and Sam. Obviously the movie is of its time. When Ilsa Lund arrives at Rick’s Cafe Americain she inquires about Sam asking about “The boy who’s playing the piano.” It was not said in a condescending or malicious way, it was just how things were at that time.
With that being said Rick and Sam are obviously much more than employer and employee. It is quite apparent that there is history, trust and deep friendship between these two men. Their interaction with one another is that of mutual respect. Both look out for one another throughout the movie. Between Paris and Casablanca I am sure that they went through a great deal together.
Casablanca is first and foremost a war time drama with a romantic subplot. These two themes intertwine to give the movie its main storyline. But the bond of friendship between Rick and Sam is definitely one of the movie’s most interesting and least mentioned subplots.