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Casablanca with Austin Smartt

Season 1, Ep. 35

It sure was great to see a classic live up to its billing for once. This is just a fantastic movie, and -- BONUS -- there's a great and quite explicit gay romance driving the plot. Oh, sure, Humphrey Bogart's Rick is still getting over his summer camp fling with Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa, but once he clears out those emotions, Captain Renault is right there to whisk Rick off his feet. Austin and I enjoyed the looks, the lewks, and the loooooooks between all these dewy-eyed fashionistas. But it's Claude Rains who steals the show with his sassy, morally compromised, cheerful slimeball of a sex machine. With additional discussion of Bugs Bunny's gender.

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