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Casablanca The Complete Budget Breakdown

It’s one of the greatest movies of all time and the following fascinating info is a very interesting breakdown of just how much the whole thing cost to put together. These figures could all be multiplied by 20 or much more in the case of the actor’s salaries if the movie were to be made today of course.

Continuity and Treatment

CASABLANCA is based on an unproduced play entitled Everybody Comes to Rick’s by Murray Burnett and Joan Allison. The amount Warner Brothers paid for Everybody Comes to Rick’s was $20,000.

  • The following are salaries paid to studio writers and other personnel for work on the script:W. Klein: $1,983
    Aeneas MacKenzie: $2,150
    Julius Epstein: $15,208
    Phillip Epstein: $15,208
    Howard Koch: $4,200
    Lenore Coffee: $750
    Secretaries: $1,432
    Script changes: $6,350Writers’ Salaries Grand Total: $47,281
  • Director’s Salary: Michael Curtiz: $73,400
  • Producer’s Salary: Hal Wallis: $52,000
  • Assistant Directors:To the week ending May 23, 1942: $3,036

    Lee Katz: $1,431
    George Tobin: $560
    Alma Dwight: $630
    Extra Assistant: $280
    Hugh McMullen: $1,400
    Robert Aisner: $1,000
    Al Alleborn: $1,500

    Assistant Directors’ Grand Total: $9,837

  • Cameramen & Assistants:To the week ending May 23, 1942: $2,813

    Director of Photography: Arthur Edeson, A.S.C.: $4,000
    2nd Cameraman: $1,040
    Assistant: $640
    Still man: $880
    Test, Extra cameras: $1,500

    Cameramen’ Grand Total: $10,873

  • Cast Salaries:
    Humphrey Bogart
    $36,667
    Ingrid Bergman
    $25,000
    Paul Henreid
    $25,000
    Claude Rains
    $22,000
    Conrad Veidt
    $25,000
    Sydney Greenstreet
    $7,900
    Peter Lorre
    $2,333
    S.Z. Sakall
    $2,600
    Madeleine LeBeau
    $700
    Gino Corrado
    $350
    Dooley Wilson
    $3,500
    Joy Page
    $200
    Martin Garralaga
    $300
    John Qualen
    $400
    Dan Seymour
    $1,000
    Leo Mostovoy
    $2,267
    George Dee
    $300
    Helmut Dantine
    $800
    Curt Bois
    $1,000
    Marcel Dalio
    $667
    Corinna Mura
    $2,000

     

    A. Extras:………………………………….$44,978
    B. Bits: ……………………………………..$10,551
    C. Animal Handlers: ……………………..$490

    Talent Grand Total: $161,584

  • Musicians:A. Song writers, releases, arrangers: $8,000
    B. Musicians: $20,000Musicians’ Grand Total: $28,000
  • Property Labor:A. Prop Labor: $850
    B. Set Dressers: $2,635
    C. Prop Operating Labor: $6,665Property Labor Grand Total: $10,150
  • Construction of Sets: $18,000
  • Stand-by Labor: $15,350
  • Electrical Rental and Expense: $750
  • Electricians:A. Rigging: $1,500
    B. Operating: $18,380
    C. Striking: $875Electricians Grand Total: $20,755
  • Make-up Expense:A. Make-up salaries: $6,000
    B. Hairdressers salaries: $2,600
    C. Wigs purchased and rented: $500Make-up Expense Grand Total: $9,100
  • Art Department Salaries: $8,846
  • Cutters Salaries: $4,630
  • Property Rental and Expense:A. Outside rentals: $2,790
    B. Outside purchases: $1,275
    C. Studio charges: $2,235Property Rental and Expense Grand Total: $6,300
  • Location Expense: $1,252
  • Trick shots, Miniatures, Etc.:A. Miniature construction: $3,025
    B. Cameramen: $1,775
    C. Operating Labor: $1,300
    D. Electricians: $1,373Trick shots, Miniatures, Etc. Grand Total: $7,475

 

  • Wardrobe Expense:A. Outside Rentals: $5,000
    B. Outside Purchases: $1,000
    C. Studio Charges: $6,035
    D. Wardrobe labor: $10,285Wardrobe Expense Grand Total: $22,320

     

  • Negative Film: $8,000
  • Developing & Printing: $10,500
  • Camera Rental & Expense: $400
  • Meals: $1,200
  • Auto Rental Expense & Travel: $5,000
  • Insurance: $2,800
  • Miscellaneous Expenses: $3,350
  • Sound Expense: $2,200
  • Trailer: $2,000
  • Sound Operating Salaries: $8,000
  • Stills: $850
  • Publicity: $3,000Total Direct Cost: …………………………….. $638,222General Studio Overhead @ 35%: $223,822

    Depreciation @ 2 1/2%: $15,956

  • Grand Total Cost: $878,000

 





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