Because You're Mine

Overview

Golden-throated Mario Lanza stars in Because You're Mine. Lanza plays opera singer Renaldo Rossano, who is drafted into the army. Much to the displeasure of topkick Sgt. Batterson James Whitmore, Renaldo is given celebrity treatment even while in uniform. Even more problematic is the romance between Renaldo and Batterson's sister, Bridget Doretta Morrow, fresh from her Broadway success as Tuptim in The King and I. Wait till you see the "dueling tenors" scene between Whitmore and Lanza! For the benefit of those ...
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Overview

Golden-throated Mario Lanza stars in Because You're Mine. Lanza plays opera singer Renaldo Rossano, who is drafted into the army. Much to the displeasure of topkick Sgt. Batterson James Whitmore, Renaldo is given celebrity treatment even while in uniform. Even more problematic is the romance between Renaldo and Batterson's sister, Bridget Doretta Morrow, fresh from her Broadway success as Tuptim in The King and I. Wait till you see the "dueling tenors" scene between Whitmore and Lanza! For the benefit of those not operatically inclined, Because You're Mine features a gratuitous dance solo by Bobby Van.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Here's the long and the short of it: if you like Mario Lanza, you will like Because You're Mine, and if you don't like Mario Lanza, there's no point in subjecting yourself to Because. Not that there aren't other people in the film. As a matter of fact, there's James Whitmore, who gives a very fine performance as the sergeant who takes Lanza under his protection because he happens to be a huge opera fan. Whitmore does wonders with the part. There's also Doretta Morrow, who has a glorious legit soprano, even if she's not exactly going to set the world on fire with her acting. There's even Bobby Van, who gets to do a nifty little dance routine for no real reason. But mostly there's Lanza, front and center for almost all of the film. He sings about half the time and does what passes for acting the other half. His singing encompasses a wide range, both in terms of his notes and his choice of music; his acting range is rather more confined. Granted, he doesn't get a lot of help from the script; even so, his attempts at handling a humorous line tend to fall rather flat. As mentioned, viewers willing to accept this in exchange for his unique singing should do fine with Because You're Mine.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/17/2009
  • UPC: 883316219379
  • Original Release: 1952
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,956

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mario Lanza Renaldo Rossano
Doretta Morrow Bridget Batterson
James Whitmore Sgt. Batterson
Dean Miller Ben Jones
Jeff Donnell Patty Ware
Spring Byington Mrs. Montville
Curtis Cooksey Gen. Montville
Eduard Franz Albert Parkson Foster
Bobby Van Artie Pilcer
Ralph Reed Horsey
Celia Lovsky Mrs. Rossano
Alexander Steinert Maestro Paradori
Rita Corday Francesca Landers
Don Porter Capt. Barton Loring
Technical Credits
Alexander Hall Director
Irving Aaronson Songwriter
Albert Akst Editor
Nicholas Brodszky Score Composer, Songwriter
Sammy Cahn Songwriter
Ruth Brooks Flippen Screenwriter
Sy Gomberg Screenwriter
Johnny Green Score Composer
John Lehmann Songwriter
Joe Pasternak Producer
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Ray Sinatra Songwriter, Screenwriter
Leonard Spigelgass Screenwriter
Karl Tunberg Screenwriter
Paul Webster Songwriter
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