London Film Premier – Because Your Mine 1952

The Queen and Princess Margaret, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, went to the Royal Film Performance at the Empire Theatre, Leicester Square. The Royal party was received by Mr Reginald Bromhead before being presented to a galaxy of film personalities and stars.

Film Premiere

This was the first film Premier that The Queen had attended since her accession to the throne.

Film Premiere 2

The music and Mario Lanza’s singing are particularly good here. The operatic excerpts from Il Trovatore, Rigoletto, L’Africaine and Cavalleria Rusticana are masterpieces in themselves, and there’s also a great rendition of Granada, the charming duet Because You’re Mine and the welcome reappearance of Be My Love. Lanza is in sensational voice.

Because You’re Mine looks wonderful, being shot in glorious Technicolor while the sets are colourful.  In supporting roles, a very funny and charming James Whitmore and sparkling Spring Byington stand out.

Doretta Morrow, apart from singing beautifully, is a less-than-winning partner for Lanza.   Apparently she and Mario Lanza did not get on at all well.

The film though was well received and well liked.

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