Review: ‘Because of Him’

Film is a merry melange of music, comedy and drama with a good story and a top cast. Durbin, despite the fact that she portrays a stage-struck waitress through most of the plot, is gowned to perfection and looks ditto. Music plays a minor part in the film, with the star's vocal efforts limited to three songs, but seldom has she been in finer voice.

Film is a merry melange of music, comedy and drama with a good story and a top cast. Durbin, despite the fact that she portrays a stage-struck waitress through most of the plot, is gowned to perfection and looks ditto. Music plays a minor part in the film, with the star’s vocal efforts limited to three songs, but seldom has she been in finer voice.

Plot revolves around Durbin’s attempt to inveigle her way into a top Broadway production, and director Richard Wallace gets the most out of the consequent wacky proceedings. Faking a letter of intro from Laughton, top legit actor, the star gets in to see producer Stanley Ridges, who’s convinced she’s just the gal for the lead in Sheridan’s new show. Playwright Franchot Tone objects, however, and pulls his name off the credits when Laughton also goes for her.

Laughton grabs the acting honors in a sterling portrayal of the actor whose every gesture would look well between two slices of rye.

Because of Him

Production

Universal. Director Richard Wallace; Producer Felix Jackson; Screenplay Edmund Beloin; Camera Hal Mohr; Editor Ted Kent; Music Miklos Rozsa; Art Director John B. Goodman, Robert Clatworthy

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1946. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Deanna Durbin Franchot Tone Charles Laughton
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