Because of You


1h 35m 1952

Brief Synopsis

Blonde 'doll' Christine Carroll finds too late that her fiancée Mike is a gangster and she's his unwitting accessory. Emerging from prison with dark hair and an interest in nursing, she becomes a nurse's aide in a war hospital where her good looks quickly arouse the interest of battle-fatigued, 'melancholic' patient Steve Kimberly. When it's clear that Steve has fallen hard, she faces the dilemma of what and when to tell him. Her decision has melodramatic consequences...

Film Details

Also Known As
Magic Lady
Release Date
Nov 1952
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal-International Pictures Co., Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co., Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

The night before their wedding, racketeer Mike Monroe tries to protect his fiancée, Christine Carroll, from the police by sending her out to his car. As she unknowingly carries his envelope full of drug money, however, she is arrested and imprisoned for years. In jail, Chris works hard to earn her high school degree and learn nursing. Once released, she becomes a nurse's aide in a veteran's hospital in Long Beach, California, where she meets wounded pilot Steve Kimberly. Attending physician Dr. Breen informs Chris that during the war, Steve relived the memory of his parents' death and as a result now suffers emotional as well as physical wounds. Having noticed the attraction between the two, he warns Chris that too much strain may cause Steve to have a mental breakdown. The next day, Chris visits Mike in jail to inform him that she no longer loves him, and though he responds callously, he is obviously hurt. Back at the hospital, Steve's sister, Susan Arnold, visits and asks Chris not to hurt her brother. As she is afraid to admit her past to him, Chris requests a transfer to another hospital, which crushes Steve. As soon as he can leave the hospital, he tracks her down and confesses his love, and although Chris admits she loves him too, she still cannot bring herself to reveal her prison record. The two become engaged, and when the hospital throws them a party, Dr. Breen informs Chris that she will have to put off the wedding for a few months until Steve is stronger and can take her confession. She cannot convince Steve to listen to her, however, and agrees to marry him only if they keep their marriage a secret. On their wedding night, she admits that there was another man before him, and he eventually forgives her. Months later, Chris receives her discharge from parole, and immediately announces her marriage. By Christmas, they are expecting a child. Three years later, Chris's happy home life is interrupted by a visit from Mike, who has just been released from prison and wants Chris to accompany him to Mexico. Although he claims that he is leaving the country and merely needs an escort, he is actually running drugs again, and threatens to hurt Chris's daughter Kim if Chris does not help him. When the police try to stop them on their way back into America, Mike crashes the car and dies. At the hospital, Steve overhears reporters discussing the story, and days later, divorces Chris and is awarded full custody of Kim. Despondent, Chris is forced to work as the assistant to a traveling magician. At every children's show, she searches the audience for Kim. Her talent grows over the years and she soon becomes half of "The Marvels" magic show. One day, Chris learns that Steve is visiting Paris and rushes to see Kim at his estate in Philadelphia. There, Susan is throwing a children's birthday party, and recognizes Chris. She informs her that Kim, now seven years old, is a melancholy child with few friends. Chris joins the magic show in order to convince Kim to smile, and although she succeeds, Susan's husband asks her to leave. Soon after, Susan visits to ask Chris to pose as Kim's nurse, "Marvy." Kim improves under her beloved nurse's care and soon is happy and well-adjusted. Steve returns early from Paris, however, and discovers Chris. Before he can fire her, he sees her flee the estate, stopping to hug Kim tearfully. Kim immediately becomes depressed again and a doctor tells Steve that the child needs feminine love. He decides to marry his girl friend, Rosemary Balder, but just as they kiss, Kim announces she has received a letter from Marvy. As Steve reads the letter, in which Chris asks Kim to hide her unhappiness from her father to protect him, Rosemary realizes he still loves Chris and leaves. Steve rushes to find Chris at her parents' farm and asks her if they can start over again. Overjoyed, she falls into his arms.

Cast

Loretta Young

Christine Carroll Kimberly, also known as "Marvy"

Jeff Chandler

Steven Kimberly

Alex Nicol

Mike Monroe

Frances Dee

Susan Arnold

Alexander Scourby

Dr. Breen

Lynne Roberts

Rosemary Balder

Gayle Reed

Kim Kimberly

Mae Clark

Peachie

Billy Wayne

George

Morris Ankrum

Dr. Travis

Helen Wallace

Mrs. Gordon

Frances Morris

Mrs. Colman

Harry Mendoza

Bumbo

Vici Raaf

Vera

Betty Reilly

Singer

Frances Karath

Judy

Jori Weil

Kim, at age three

Dorothy Patterson

Kim, at age one

Bodil Miller

Parisienne

Philip Van Zandt

Marvel

Dayton Lummis

Philip Arnold

Russ Conway

FBI agent

Jim Shaw

FBI agent

Vernon Rich

FBI agent

Norman Evans

FBI agent

Grace Lenard

Girl

Elinor Bassett

Girl

William Lester

Taxi driver

Arthur Space

Judge

Keith Richards

Reporter

Howard Hampton

Reporter

Robert Spencer

Reporter

Charles Sherlock

Reporter

Richard Gordon

Reporter

Julian Rivero

Mexican official

Carlos Rivero

Mexican official

Mary Alan Hokanson

Nurse

Ann Tyrrell

Nurse

Gail Bonney

Nurse

Dorothy Kennedy

Nurse

Peggy Leon

Nurse

William Ruhl

Clerk

Douglas Banks

Intern

Dick Winslow

Hartman

Dabbs Greer

Mexican shop owner

Jan Arven

Manager

Dennis Ross

Terry

Helen Noyes

Nurse Mary

Joe Dominguez

Photographer

Jay Stafford

Hank

Brick Sullivan

Guard

Barbara Ann Moore

Child

Norman Moore

Child

Jeanne Browning

Child

Linda Gay

Child

Janet Tucker

Child

Karen Green

Child

Mary Donovan

Parent

Vera Burnett

Columbine, the maid

Bill Cassady

Patient

Tom Royal

Patient

Norman Wayne

Patient

Claudia Jordon

Singer

Harold J. Varney

Court clerk

George Calliga

Man in cafe

Paul Bryar

Frank Marlowe

Scott Lee

Larry Craine

Robert Strong

Paul Ely

Ray Brown

Truman Herron

Scott Beal

Tina Menard

Kim Charney

Film Details

Also Known As
Magic Lady
Release Date
Nov 1952
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal-International Pictures Co., Inc.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co., Inc.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 35m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

The working title for this film was Magic Lady. Although a October 31, 1951 Hollywood Reporter news item states that the script was written by both Thelma Robinson and George Haight, all other sources and the onscreen credits list Robinson and Ketti Frings as scenarists. The Variety review erroneously asserts that Because of You marked Frances Dee's return to the screen after a long absence; although she acted infrequently, she had appeared in the 1948 picture Four Faces West and in the 1951 RKO film Payment on Demand (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1941-50 and entry below). Philip Van Zandt and Harry Mendoza, who play magicians in the film, were both former magicians. According to a Los Angeles Examiner news item, at the time that Loretta Young made this film, she was also launching a Las Vegas-based television station with Irene Dunne. The film includes a scene in which the characters watch a Woody Woodpecker cartoon which is heard, but not pictured.
       In May 1953, magician Geraldine Larsen sued Universal for $250,000 for alledgedly appropriating her stage name, "The Magic Lady," as well as her costume and mannerisms. Larsen asserted that the connection of her likeness with a criminal character caused her "humiliation" and "public scorn." She also asked for an injunction restraining the studio from showing the film until the character was removed. According to a June 1953 Hollywood Reporter news item, the case was sent to state Superior Court. Although the exact ruling in the case is not known, the character of "Christine" is never referred to as "The Magic Lady" during the film. On November 2, 1953, Jeff Chandler reprised his role, this time joined by June Allyson, in the Lux Radio Theatre presentation of this film, while the October 25, 1956 Lux Video Theatre version starred Vera Miles and John Bentley.