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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 ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Veda Ann Borg ... Dance Hall Hostess (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Chauffeur (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Benny Burt ... Stage Manager (uncredited)
Claire Carleton ... Claire (uncredited)
Steve Carruthers ... Headwaiter (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)
Franklyn Farnum ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ... Studio Gate Guard (uncredited)
Dick Gordon ... Man in Follies Audience (uncredited)

Bill Hickman ... Nightclub Patron (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 ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Robert Malcolm ... Doorman (uncredited)

Frank McClure ... Elevator Passenger (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Paul McGuire ... Drapery Man (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Elevator Passenger (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)
Cosmo Sardo ... Lothario Outside Dance Hall (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:
After this film was released, Doris Day was deluged with mail from fans attacking her, a Christian Scientist, for playing a lewd woman who smoked, drank, and wore scant costumes in the nightclub scenes. Day cared about everyone who was disturbed by her characterization, and she answered every piece of mail, explaining the necessity for realism, and that it was essential to separate actress Doris Day from character Ruth Etting. She felt that as a performer, she had the same responsibility to the public that a politician has to the electorate.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: Post-war vehicles shown in rear projection near the end of the movie.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 »
Soundtrack:
I Miss My Swiss (My Swiss Miss Misses Me)See more »

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15 out of 15 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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