Because of You (1952)

95 mins | Melodrama, Romance | November 1952

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HISTORY

The working title for this film was Magic Lady . Although a 31 Oct 1951 HR 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 Var 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 LAEx 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 Jun 1953 HR 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 ... More Less

The working title for this film was Magic Lady . Although a 31 Oct 1951 HR 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 Var 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 LAEx 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 Jun 1953 HR 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 2 Nov 1953, Jeff Chandler reprised his role, this time joined by June Allyson, in the Lux Radio Theatre presentation of this film, while the 25 Oct 1956 Lux Video Theatre version starred Vera Miles and John Bentley. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
18 Oct 1952.
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Daily Variety
9 Oct 52
p. 3.
Daily Variety
21 May 1953.
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Film Daily
9 Oct 52
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
31 Oct 51
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Apr 52
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Apr 52
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
7 May 52
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
12 May 52
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
23 May 52
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Oct 52
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Jun 1953.
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Los Angeles Examiner
17 Mar 1952.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
11 Oct 52
p. 1558.
New York Times
4 Dec 52
p. 47.
Variety
8 Oct 52
p. 12.
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Mae Clark
Scott Beal
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
MAKEUP
Hairstylist
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Dial dir
SOURCES
MUSIC
"Because of You," by Arthur Hammerstein and Dudley Wilkinson.
SONGS
"Vaya con Dios," words and music by Larry Russell, Inez James and Buddy Pepper
"Here's Your Kiss," words by Everett Carter, music by Milton Rosen
"Spring Will be a Little Late this Year," words and music by Frank Loesser
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SONGS
"Vaya con Dios," words and music by Larry Russell, Inez James and Buddy Pepper
"Here's Your Kiss," words by Everett Carter, music by Milton Rosen
"Spring Will be a Little Late this Year," words and music by Frank Loesser
"Can't Refuse," composers undetermined.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Magic Lady
Release Date:
November 1952
Production Date:
21 April--late May 1952
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
2 November 1952
Copyright Number:
LP2140
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
95
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
16040
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 ... +


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. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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