Because You're Mine (25-Sep-1952)|
Director: Alexander Hall
Writers: Karl Tunberg; Leonard Spigelgass; Ruth Brooks Flippen; Sy Gomberg
Musical Direction: Johnny Green
Producer: Joe Pasternak
Keywords: Musical Comedy, Boot Camp
||You Can't Take it With You
||The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake
||Voice of the Century
||Prof. Lawrence on Gidget
||Give 'em Hell, Harry!
|Mario Lanza|| ... Renaldo Rossano|
|Doretta Morrow|| ... Bridget Batterson|
|James Whitmore|| ... Sgt. Batterson|
|Dean Miller|| ... Ben Jones|
|Paula Corday|| ... Francesca Landers|
|Jeff Donnell|| ... Patty Ware|
|Don Porter|| ... Capt. Burton Nordell Loring|
|Eduard Franz|| ... Albert Parkson Foster|
|Spring Byington|| ... Mrs. Montville|
|Curtis Cooksey|| ... General Montville|
|Bobby Van|| ... Artie Pilcer|
|Ralph Reed|| ... Horsey|
|Celia Lovsky|| ... Mrs. Rossano|
|Alexander Steinert|| ... Maestro Paradori|
Review by Brian Barnes (posted on 2-Mar-2005)
The three stars is for one thing and one thing only. The magnificent voice of Mario Lanza. The movie industry at that time had the mistaken impression that Joe Pasternak could actually produce movies. Lanza himself called the picture 'trash' and fought MGM to keep from making it. Unfortunately Dore Schary, who took over MGM from L.B. Mayer and who is more than responsible for the demise of the great movie empire, forced the picture on Lanza anyway.
The story line is weak and typical... boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy sings and thumbs his nose at the army, boy gets girl and the two end the show by singing.
This movie is typical of how Hollywood used and abused the talent that it controlled. Lanza still shines despite weak dialogue and shoddy directing. The music, his voice, and James Whitmore literally carry the show and make it somewhat watchable.
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