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Because You're Mine(1952)

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The film's working title was The Big Cast. The opening and ending cast credits differ slightly in order. Jonathan Cott provided a brief voice-over narration at the beginning of the film. Hollywood Reporter production charts and news items include William Campbell in the cast, but he was not in the released film. Another news item included Fortune Gordien in the cast, but his appearance has not been confirmed. A studio press release stated that star Mario Lanza's parents, Tony and Mary Lanza, were to be extras in a scene in which their son was to sing "The Loveliest Night of the Year." That song was featured in The Great Caruso (1951, see below), not in Because You're Mine, but modern sources note that Lanza's parents were extras in each one of his films. A Hollywood Reporter news item on June 29, 1951 noted that actress Teresa Celli was to be in the film but had requested a release due to pregnancy.
       According to news items, portions of the film were shot on location at Ford Ord, CA. Additional exteriors were filmed, with the cooperation of the Department of Defense, at Camp Atterbury, IN, according to a studio press release. Actress Doretta Morrow made her motion picture debut in Because You're Mine. According to a studio press release, she was cast by producer Joseph Pasternak, after he saw her in the Broadway production of The King and I. Actor-dancer Bobby Van also made his motion picture debuts in the film.
       Because You're Mine was selected for a Royal Command Performance and had its London premiere at the Empire Theatre on October 27, 1952. It was only the second M-G-M picture to be so honored. The film's title song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song, but lost to the theme from High Noon (see below).
       Although the Time review noted that Lanza had slimmed down to 156 pounds since The Great Caruso, his weight fluctuated visibly in the released version of Because You're Mine. The weight change is most visible in the base chapel sequence, in which his physical appearance walking into the chapel is quite different from his appearance when he sings "The Lord's Prayer" inside. A biography of Lanza indicated that the film's retakes, which began in May 1952, were partially necessary to make Lanza's weight fluctuation during filming seem less obvious.
       Although Lanza provided the singing voice for the main character in The Student Prince (1954, ), Because You're Mine was his last onscreen appearance while under contract to M-G-M. His next film appearance was in Serenade, made for Warner Bros. in 1956. Lanza made two additional M-G-M releases, The Seven Hills of Rome, in 1958 and his last film, For the First Time, in 1959 (see entries below).