- Because You're Mine
name = Because You're Mine
caption = Original film poster
Mario Lanza Doretta Morrow James Whitmore
released = 1952
runtime = 103 min.
language = English
imdb_id = 0044402
"Because You're Mine" (1952) was
Mario Lanza's fourth movie and was criticised upon its release as being artistically a step backwards for the tenor 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. Alexander Halldirected the film which also starred Doretta Morrowand James Whitmore.
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 filming 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.
The title song of "Because You're Mine" earned an
Academy Awardnomination for Sammy Cahnand Nicholas Brodszkyand 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".
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