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Museum explores historical, Hollywood versions of Casablanca

Last Updated Nov 11, 2017 at 12:40 pm PST

NATICK, Mass. – A Boston-area war museum is contrasting the reality of America’s entry into World War II with the iconic wartime film “Casablanca.”

“The Real and Reel Casablanca” launched Nov. 8 at the International Museum of World War II in Natick and runs through February.

The special exhibit opened on the 75th anniversary of “Operation Torch,” when Allied forces invaded French North Africa from the Moroccan port city of Casablanca in 1942.

Among the 75 artifacts on display are General George Patton’s invasion map and General Dwight Eisenhower’s decoded message to attack. It reads: “PLAY BALL.”

Objects from the 1942 film starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman include original movie posters and a chair from Rick’s Café, the club where some of the movie’s key scenes take place.