Graffito: "To Be Is To Do" "To Do Is To Be" "Do Be Do Be Do"

Dan Goncharoff thegonch at GMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 17 20:27:07 UTC 2013

I don't equate "Elementary, my dear Watson" and "Play it again, Sam."

No character says "play it again, Sam" in Casablanca. In the script,
however, the line is "play it once, Sam".

Holmes does say "Elementary, my dear Watson" in the movies, even though it
is not in the books.


On Tue, Sep 17, 2013 at 4:10 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:

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> At 9/16/2013 08:31 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
> >And then there are fictional ones, like Sherlock Holmes's
> >"Elementary, my dear Watson" or Ilsa(Ingrid Bergman's character in
> >Casablanca)'s "Play it again, Sam."
> Perhaps Larry didn't consider whether or not Ilsa actually said this
> as important, since it has become iconic, but I believe she merely
> said "Play it, Sam."
> Joel
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