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Love Me or Leave Me (1955)

Passed  -  Biography | Drama | Music  -  10 June 1955 (USA)
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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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In 1920's Chicago, Ruth Etting wants to be a renowned singer, which is a far step away from her current work as a taxi dancer. Upon walking into the dance hall and seeing her, Chicago gangster Marty Snyder immediately falls for Ruth, and works toward being her lover, which he believes he can achieve by opening up singing opportunities for her. Ruth is initially wary of Marty, but makes it clear that she is not interested in him in a romantic sense. Regardless, he does help her professionally, and through his opportunities, which are achieved through intimidation and fear, Ruth does quickly start to gain a name as a singer, which she is able to do because of her talent and despite Marty's intimidation tactics. However, the greater her success, the more reliant she becomes on him. This becomes an issue in their relationship as she believes he can take her only so far before he becomes a liability, however he will never let her go that easily. The one person who tried and tries to get ... Written by Huggo

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Life-Inspired Drama From Dance Hall to Ziegfield Follies! See more »


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10 June 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ama-me ou Esquece-me  »

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(35 mm optical prints)| (Western Electric Sound System) (35 mm magnetic prints)

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MGM wanted Ava Gardner to play Ruth Etting but she turned down the role because she didn't want to be dubbed again as in Show Boat (1951). See more »

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When Marty hits Georgie, the sound of the impact occurs before the actual impact. See more »

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Martin Snyder: [to Ruth Etting when she visits him in jail] Tell 'em you seen me in the pokey and I looked great! Tell 'em I like it! Makes me feel like a kid again!
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Love Me or Leave Me
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Music by Walter Donaldson
Lyrics by Gus Kahn
Played during the opening credits
Also sung by Doris Day
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James Cagney gave a brilliant performance: gritty and tough with nuances of pathos
3 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am NOT a fan of Doris Day - there is just something about her that annoys me. But in this movie she acted very different from the usual Doris Day movie. And the way she sang those ballads breaks your heart. But the acting job that truly amazes - and has through the years made me a fan - is that of James Cagney. One wonders if he had a parent that was abusive or an Uncle or someone he had intimately observed. Because from somewhere that man understood something about an abusive relationship and put it in his performance. It was positively beyond extraordinary. He deserved an Academy Nomination at the very least. While he was cruel, vile, despicable, certainly repulsive and yet you felt at the same time he was pitiful, sad, pathetic. It was an extremely complex performance. When I saw "Love Me Or Leave Me" as a teenager I didn't appreciate the subtlety of his acting. It wasn't until I saw it many, many years later and had gone through a lot of living that I comprehended the true magnitude of his performance.


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