Because You’re Mine (1952): Alexander Hall’s Oscar-Nominated Musical, Starring Mario Lanza

The popular singer Mario Lanza stars in Alexander Hall’s Because You’re Mine, his fourth picture, as opera singer Renaldo Rossano, who is drafted into the army.

Renaldo is resented by Sgt. Batterson (James Whitmore), because of the celebrity treatment he’s given, even while in uniform.

Complicating matters even more is the romance between Renaldo and Batterson’s sister Bridget (Doretta Morrow, who played on Broadway Tuptim in the hit musical “The King and I”).

“Because You’re Mine” also contains a dance solo by Bobby Van.

Oscar Nominations: 1

Song: “Because You’re Mine,” music by Nicholas Brodszky, lyrics by Sammy Cahn

Oscar Awards: None

Oscar Context:

The winner of the Best Song Oscar was the title tune from “High Noon,” written by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington.



Running time: 103 Minutes.

Directed by Alexander Hall.

Released: October 1, 1952.

DVD: November 18, 1992



Mario Lanza as Renaldo Rossano

Doretta Morrow as Bridget Batterson

James Whitmore as Sgt. Batterson

Dean Miller as Ben Jones

Jeff Donnell as Patty Ware

Spring Byington as Mrs. Montville