Because You're Mine
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|Because You're Mine|
Original film poster
|Directed by||Alexander Hall|
|Produced by||Joe Pasternak|
|Written by||Ruth Brooks Flippen
|Music by||Johnny Green|
|Edited by||Albert Akst|
|September 25, 1952|
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.
- Mario Lanza as Renaldo Rossano
- Doretta Morrow as Bridget Batterson
- James Whitmore as Sergeant 'Bat' Batterson
- Dean Miller as Ben Jones
- Rita Corday as Francesca Landers (as Paula Corday)
- Jeff Donnell as Patty Ware
- Spring Byington as Mrs. Edna Montville
- Curtis Cooksey as General Louis Montville
- Don Porter as Captain Burton Nordell Loring
- Eduard Franz as Albert Parkson Foster
- Bobby Van as Artie Pilcer
- Ralph Reed as Horsey Jackson
- Celia Lovsky as Mrs. Rossano
- Alexander Steinert as Maestro Paradoni
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 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.
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."
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. It was the fifth most popular movie at the British box office in 1953.
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