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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

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Spring Byington
17-Oct-1886 7-Sep-1971 You Can't Take it With You
Eduard Franz
31-Oct-1902 10-Feb-1983 The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake
Mario Lanza
31-Jan-1921 7-Oct-1959 Voice of the Century
Don Porter
24-Sep-1912 11-Feb-1997 Prof. Lawrence on Gidget
Bobby Van
6-Dec-1928 31-Jul-1980 Broadway actor
James Whitmore
1-Oct-1921 6-Feb-2009 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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