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Because of Him (1946)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  18 January 1946 (USA)
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A young woman who wants to break into the theater schemes to become the protege of a famous Broadway star.



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Credited cast:
Helen Broderick ...
Stanley Ridges ...
Regina Wallace ...
Head Nurse
Mr. Dunlap
Douglas Wood ...
Samual Hapgood
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joan Shawlee ...
Autograph Seeker (as Joan Fulton)


A beautiful young woman, an aspiring actress, trick a famous stage star into signing a letter recommending her talents to a producer friend, with amusing results. Written by <>

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18 January 1946 (USA)  »

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Catherine the Last  »

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1.37 : 1
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Fluffy romantic comedy is easy to take...
18 November 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

The fact that credibility is strained to the limits is not unusual in most of the Deanna Durbin films of this period. "Because of Him" is no exception--with a charming performance by Deanna and an excessively hammy one (intentionally so) by Charles Laughton. Both prove they have a way with comedy--as does Franchot Tone as a playwright who does not want Durbin to star in his new show. While the thin plot hinges on whether or not Deanna is successful in seeking the patronage of famous actor (Laughton) and starring in the theater, there is an air of mirth in the proceedings with just the right light touch to keep the story spinning to a happy ending.

Deanna, as usual, is in fine voice and gives a lovely rendition of "Danny Boy" and tosses off an operatic aria under most unusual circumstances. Her voice is showcased here and so is her comic timing. Easy to see why she was such a popular favorite in the '40s.

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