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)
  • James Cagney and Doris Day in Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
  • James Cagney in Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
  • James Cagney and Doris Day in Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
  • Doris Day and Helen Rose in Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
  • James Cagney and Doris Day in Love Me or Leave Me (1955)

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4 April 2004 | didi-5
classy and glossy biopic
Doris Day plays Ruth Etting, torch singer of the twenties and thirties, in this glossy MGM biopic. Several key songs from Etting's career are covered, sung well by Day (specifically Ten Cents a Dance, You Made Me Love You, and Love Me or Leave Me).

Although Day is effective in the role and looks a treat, the best acting performance in the movie comes from James Cagney as Marty ‘The Gimp' Snyder, Etting's manager and husband. Cameron Mitchell plays Johnny the loyal piano player who waits for Etting to find her own way, while Robert Keith is good as Barney, close friend to both Snyder and his wife.

Good Technicolor and a Cinemascope treatment makes the movie look good, and the arrangements are excellent. Day is nothing like the real Ruth Etting either in looks or voice, but she does well in one of her last great musical roles.

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Biography | Drama | Music | Romance

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