Love Me or Leave Me (1955)

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A fictionalized account of the career of jazz singer Ruth Etting and her tempestuous marriage to gangster Marty Snyder, who helped propel her to stardom.


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  • James Cagney and Doris Day in Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
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  • James Cagney and Doris Day in Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
  • Doris Day and Arthur E. Arling in Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
  • James Cagney and Doris Day in Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
  • James Cagney and Doris Day in Love Me or Leave Me (1955)

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4 May 2006 | dmnemaine
10
| One of Day's best
Not being a great Cagney fan, I didn't have high hopes for this film when I first saw it. The only reason I did watch it was Doris Day. Boy, am I glad I did. Anyone who questions Day's acting abilities should take a look at this film. Personally, I've always thought she was one of Hollywood's few singers who really could act. Look at the lackluster acting of Kathryn Grayson or Jane Powell sometime. Doris Day runs circles around them. If you're still in doubt after seeing this film, watch "Julie" sometime. Another one of her best films.

Also, Day is in fine voice in this film. All of the songs are wonderful. "Ten Cents A Dance" and "Shaking The Blues Away" among the best. I have heard the real Ruth Etting's rendition of both these numbers, and they are nothing like Day's performances. Obviously, they weren't going for mimicry here, but it works fine just the same. Highly recommended.

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