Because You're Mine

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This article is about the 1952 musical comedy film. For other uses, see Because You're Mine (disambiguation).
Because You're Mine
Because you're mine.jpg
Original film poster
Directed by Alexander Hall
Produced by Joe Pasternak
Written by Ruth Brooks Flippen
Sy Gomberg
Leonard Spigelgass
Karl Tunberg
Starring Mario Lanza
Doretta Morrow
James Whitmore
Bobby Van
Music by Johnny Green
Cinematography Joseph Ruttenberg
Edited by Albert Akst
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
September 25, 1952
Running time
103 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,870,000[1]
Box office $4,571,000[1]

Because You're Mine is a 1952 musical comedy film starring Mario Lanza. Directed by Alexander Hall, the film also stars Doretta Morrow, James Whitmore, and Dean Miller.


Opera singer superstar Renato Rossano (Mario Lanza) is drafted into the U.S. Army. His Sergeant, "Bat" Batterson (James Whitmore) is an opera fan who admires Rossano and wishes Rossano to appraise his sister's (Doretta Morrow) singing voice. The rest of his platoon as well as the company commander disapproves of Batterson's showing favourtism to Rossano by excusing him from normal training. Rossano also schemes to have Master Sgt Batterson allow him to go to New York supposedly to have his manager appraise Batterson's sister, Brigit's singing voice but in reality allowing him to do a performance.



Principal photography of the film was interrupted and during the hiatus Lanza put on a considerable amount of weight. According to his manager, Lanza then began to lose weight and ended filming at less than 160 pounds. This resulted in some challenges for both the wardrobe artists and the film editors who had to deal with Lanza's substantial fluctuations in weight over the course of production. In one scene, Lanza's character enters a church. In the exterior, shot late in the filming schedule, he looks trim and slim in his military uniform. But, when he steps inside, in a scene filmed earlier, he is noticeably and considerably heavier in stature. Dore Schary, MGM studio head at the time, has recounted Lanza's petulant and boorish behavior on the set, including sexually harassing costar Doretta Morrow. Lanza was eventually fired by MGM during production of The Student Prince.

The soldiers in the film wear an imaginary shoulder sleeve insignia that resembles the 28th Infantry Division that is worn by actual soldiers in footage of a military parade used in the movie.


The title song of Because You're Mine earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. It was written by Sammy Cahn and Nicholas Brodszky and became Lanza's third and final million-selling effort.

Musical highlights in the film included "Granada", "The Lord's Prayer", and "Addio, Addio" from Rigoletto.

Critical reception[edit]

Upon its release, Because You're Mine was criticized as being a step backwards artistically for Lanza after the success of The Great Caruso (1951) the previous year. Nevertheless, it was chosen for the inaugural Royal Command Film Performance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign, and was a solid box office success.

Writing in The New York Times, Bosley Crowther criticised the banality of the film's plot, but went on to observe that, "It's really Mario Lanza's singing that should and will attract attention to this technicolored film."

Box Office[edit]

The film was a hit – according to MGM records, it earned $2,267,000 in the US and Canada and $2,304,000 elsewhere, resulting in profits of $735,000.[1] It was the fifth most popular movie at the British box office in 1953.[2]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .
  2. ^ "From London.". The Mail (Adelaide: National Library of Australia). 9 January 1954. p. 50. Retrieved 10 July 2012. 

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