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Because You're Mine (1952)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | October 1952 (USA)
A famous opera singer falls for his sergeant's sister at boot camp.


Alexander Hall


Ruth Brooks Flippen (short), Sy Gomberg (short) | 2 more credits »

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Complete credited cast:
Mario Lanza ... Renaldo Rossano
Doretta Morrow Doretta Morrow ... Bridget Batterson
James Whitmore ... Sergeant 'Bat' Batterson
Dean Miller ... Ben Jones
Rita Corday ... Francesca Landers (as Paula Corday)
Jeff Donnell ... Patty Ware
Spring Byington ... Mrs. Edna Montville
Curtis Cooksey ... General Louis Montville
Don Porter ... Captain Burton Nordell Loring
Eduard Franz ... Albert Parkson Foster
Bobby Van ... Artie Pilcer
Ralph Reed Ralph Reed ... Horsey Jackson
Celia Lovsky ... Mrs. Rossano
Alexander Steinert Alexander Steinert ... Maestro Paradoni


A famous opera singer falls for his sergeant's sister at boot camp.

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The NEW Mario Lanza Musical has songs, fun and romance!


Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

October 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mein Herz singt nur für Dich See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The older woman who asks for Renaldo's autograph is played by Mario Lanza's real-life mother; the unspeaking man with her is Mario's father. See more »


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The Trouble Starts
15 May 2002 | by lanzafanSee all my reviews

After the triumph of "The Great Caruso" in 1951, Lanza was all set to start work on "The Student Prince." MGM had other ideas and wanted to exploit his more popular image. When they approached him, his response was "You cannot put Caruso in the army!" He was persuaded eventually to start on "Because You're Mine" with the dangling carrot of Student Prince promised next in line. He did not like the script, or his co-star, who constantly smoked and was considered by him to be unsuitable, because of her limited experience and he also put on weight at an alarming rate, so that costumes had to be remade or altered almost daily, to accomodate his fluctuating size. This is all too apparent in some scenes, when he walks in slim and walks out again at least 40 pounds heavier. It was his way of rebelling against the system. Once completed, it was chosen as the 1952 Royal Command film in U.K. but the critics panned it. O.K. the plot is thin, the acting dated, but the voice - wow - that voice. He was truly on top form and the soundtrack and studio recordings of the songs from the film are still great favourites today. Just listen to "The Lord's Prayer" to see what I mean. Not a favourite film of mine, but I watch just for the voice and memories of a bygone era.

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