By Dan Bernstein-
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(CBS) It was a line you may have missed Monday, with the cameras on Joe Maddon.
As the new Cubs manager described his recruitment — a meeting outside his mobile home, parked at a Florida panhandle beach, Theo Epstein joked, “We’ll always have Pensacola.”
Epstein’s not much of a comedian, and it wasn’t particularly funny, but the reference was notable for another reason.
It was a nod to “We’ll always have Paris,” which Humphrey Bogart’s Rick Blaine says to Ingrid Bergman’s Ilsa Lund in “Casablanca,” part of the climactic scene before she boards the plane to Lisbon with her husband. The line was ranked No. 43 on the American Film Institute’s list of “100 Years…100 Movie Quotes,” joining four others from that script, the most of any one film.
The writers won the Academy Award that year for Best Screenplay. They were Philip and Julius Epstein, Theo’s grandfather and great-uncle.