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Because of Him (1946)

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

Director:

Richard Wallace

Writers:

Edmund Beloin (screenplay), Edmund Beloin (story "Catherine the Last") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Deanna Durbin ... Kim Walker
Charles Laughton ... John Sheridan
Franchot Tone ... Paul Taylor
Helen Broderick ... Nora
Stanley Ridges ... Charles Gilbert
Donald Meek ... Martin
Regina Wallace Regina Wallace ... Head Nurse
Charles Halton ... Mr. Dunlap
Douglas Wood Douglas Wood ... Samual Hapgood
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joan Shawlee ... Autograph Seeker (as Joan Fulton)
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Storyline

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 <staceyk@rpi.net.au>

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Song FILLED - Laugh PACKED! (original ad - many caps)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Catherine the Last See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Deanna Durbin was pregnant during the filming of this movie. See more »

Goofs

Kim Walker refers to the bird in Charles Gilbert's office as a 'parrot'. It is actually a Sulphur-Crested Cockatoo, an Australian member of the parrot family. See more »

Connections

Featured in Danny Boy: The Ballad That Bewitched the World (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Lover
Written by Edward Reekers
Performed by Deanna Durbin
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Fluffy romantic comedy is easy to take...
18 November 2001 | by DoylenfSee 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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