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Love Me or Leave Me -- Brilliant performances by Doris Day and James Cagney highlight this story of jazz singing sensation Ruth Etting and the vicious Chicago hood who controlled her life.

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Director:
Writers:
Daniel Fuchs (screenplay) and
Isobel Lennart (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
10 June 1955 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
You'll Love it!...The Big Lavish Musical of the Roaring Twenties! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
classy and glossy biopic See more (52 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Doris Day ... Ruth Etting

James Cagney ... Martin Snyder

Cameron Mitchell ... Johnny Alderman
Robert Keith ... Bernard V. Loomis
Tom Tully ... Frobisher
Harry Bellaver ... Georgie
Richard Gaines ... Paul Hunter
Peter Leeds ... Fred Taylor
Claude Stroud ... Eddie Fulton
Audrey Young ... Jingle Girl
John Harding ... Greg Trent
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dorothy Abbott ... Dancer (uncredited)
Jay Adler ... Orry (uncredited)
John Alban ... Reporter (uncredited)
Mal Alberts ... Reporter (uncredited)
Don Anderson ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Geneviève Aumont ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Veda Ann Borg ... Dance Hall Hostess (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Benny Burt ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Claire Carleton ... Claire (uncredited)
Robert Carson ... Brelston, Radio Station Manager (uncredited)
Dick Cherney ... Reporter (uncredited)
Gene Coogan ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Jean Corbett ... Ziegfeld Follies Girl (uncredited)
Joan Corbett ... Ziegfeld Follies Girl (uncredited)
Jimmy Cross ... Photographer (uncredited)
John Daheim ... Stagehand (uncredited)
John Damler ... Reporter (uncredited)
Robert Dix ... Assistant Director (uncredited)
Helene Drake ... Dance Hall Cashier (uncredited)

James Drury ... Assistant Director (uncredited)
Roy Engel ... Reporter / Propman (uncredited)
Mauritz Hugo ... Irate Customer (uncredited)
Michael Kostrick ... Assistant Director (uncredited)
Henry Kulky ... Bouncer (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Bill Lee ... Singer (uncredited)
Marco López ... Extra (uncredited)
Robert Malcolm ... Doorman (uncredited)
Paul McGuire ... Drapery Man (uncredited)
Patti Nestor ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Howard Parker ... Dancer (uncredited)
Joe Pasternak ... Film Producer (uncredited)
Henry Randolph ... Photographer (uncredited)
Thurl Ravenscroft ... Singer (uncredited)
Barry Regan ... Studio Guard (uncredited)
Otto Reichow ... Bouncer (uncredited)
Phil Schumacher ... Bouncer (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Reporter (uncredited)
Dick Simmons ... Movie Dance Director (uncredited)
Max Smith ... Singer (uncredited)
Winona Smith ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Robert R. Stephenson ... Waiter (uncredited)
Bob Stevens ... Singer (uncredited)
Larri Thomas ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Stagehand (uncredited)
Wally Walker ... Reporter (uncredited)
Shirley Wilson ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Herbert Winters ... Reporter (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Vidor 
 
Writing credits
Daniel Fuchs (screenplay) and
Isobel Lennart (screenplay)

Daniel Fuchs (story)

Produced by
Joe Pasternak .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Arthur E. Arling (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph E. Winters 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Urie McCleary 
 
Set Decoration by
Jack D. Moore (set decorations)
Edwin B. Willis (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
 
Production Management
William Dorfman .... unit manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ridgeway Callow .... assistant director
John Greenwald .... assistant director (uncredited)
Hank Moonjean .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sid Sidman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor
Donald Flick .... sound (uncredited)
Arthur H. Pullen .... sound editor (uncredited)
Stewart Walden .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Warren Newcombe .... special effects
 
Editorial Department
Alvord Eiseman .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Irving Aaronson .... music adviser
Percy Faith .... song arranger: Doris Day
Percy Faith .... song conductor: Doris Day
George Stoll .... musical supervisor
George Stoll .... composer: music cues (uncredited)
Robert Van Eps .... composer: music cues (uncredited)
Robert Van Eps .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Alex Romero .... dances originated by
Alex Romero .... dances supervised by
Hal Bell .... assistant choreographer (uncredited)
E. Darrell Hallenbeck .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
122 min
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Color:
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Australia:PG (TV rating) | Finland:K-16 | Germany:6 | Sweden:Btl | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2005) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (certificate #17433) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
Doris Day wrote in her autobiography that she hesitated before accepting the lead in this film. Ruth Etting was a kept woman who clawed her way up from seamy Chicago nightclubs to the Ziegfeld Follies. It would require her to drink, wear scant, sexy costumes and to string along a man she didn't love in order to further her career. There was also a certain vulgarity about Ruth Etting that she didn't want to play. Producer Joe Pasternak convinced Day to accept the role because she would give the part some dignity that would play away from the vulgarity.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Marty hits Georgie, the sound of the impact occurs before the actual impact.See more »
Quotes:
Martin Snyder:[Indignantly to Ruth] Now look here, you stupid liyyle broad, do you know who I am? Do you think I let dames talk to me that way?See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue (Has Anybody Seen My Girl?)See more »

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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
classy and glossy biopic, 4 April 2004
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

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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