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Because of You (1952)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Romance | 4 December 1952 (USA)
A female ex-con falls in love and hesitates to reveal her past.

Director:

Joseph Pevney

Writers:

Ketti Frings, Thelma Robinson (story)
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Complete credited cast:
Loretta Young ... Christine Carroll Kimberly
Jeff Chandler ... Steve Kimberly
Alex Nicol ... Mike Monroe
Frances Dee ... Susan Arnold
Alexander Scourby ... Dr. Breen
Lynne Roberts ... Rosemary Balder
Gayle Reed Gayle Reed ... Kim Kimberly - age 6
Mae Clarke ... Miss Peach / Nurse Peachie
Billy Wayne Billy Wayne ... George, Chauffeur / Butler
Morris Ankrum ... Dr. Travis
Helen Wallace ... Mrs. Gordon
Harry Mendoza Harry Mendoza ... Bumbo (as Harry B. Mendoza)
Vici Raaf ... Vera
Betty Reilly ... Singer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Douglas Bank Douglas Bank ... Intern
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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... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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parolee | unfit mother | nurse | child | See All (4) »

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To him...there were just two kinds of women...and now he knew that she had been both! See more »


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The title song,"Because Of You", was Tony Bennett's first hit recording, reaching #1 in 1951 and becoming one of his many signature songs. See more »

Soundtracks

HERE'S YOUR KISS (CAN'T REFUSE)
(uncredited)
Music by Milton Rosen
Lyrics Everett Carter
Sung by Betty Reilly
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Too passive and dim to be believable.
29 March 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Have you ever watched a film where one of the main characters was just too dumb to be believable? Sure, in a comedy such as "Talladega Nights" you expect this...but not in a drama like "Because of You"!

When the story begins, Christine (Loretta Young) is engaged to a sleazy man. When he gets arrested, she is arrested as well...though she is innocent. Regardless, she's sent to prison. While inside, she is trained as a nurse's assistant and upon release, she gets a job at a hospital...all the while on parole. During the course of her duties, she falls in love with a wounded vet who is suffering from depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. He is a swell guy but emotionally fragile...and she doesn't tell him about her past. She also agrees to marry him...but does so in Mexico so her parole officer doesn't know.

Years pass and she's been off parole most of this time. Her life is great and her new husband, Steve (Jeff Chandler), is not just a nice guy but is quite rich. However, when her old scummy boyfriend returns, her life is suddenly in chaos....and, once again, Christine says and does the wrong thing. This is a HUGE problem in the picture...as again and again, Christine make terrible choices...and dumb ones at that. So many that I found her character annoying and it detracted from the movie. And, believe it or not, there is STILL a lot more to the film after all this.

While I was not impressed with Young's performance (she was WAY too passive to be believable), Chandler's performance, especially when he learned the truth, was amazingly good. I also though the film went on too long...as the big confrontation scene between the couple occurred too early...and the impact of this seemed muted because of this.


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Language:

English

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