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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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Release Date:
10 June 1955 (USA) See more »
You'll Love it!...The Big Lavish Musical of the Roaring Twenties! See more »
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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Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
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A great drama/musical; Cagney and Day at their best. See more (52 total) »


  (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)
Crew verified as complete

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122 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)
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)

Did You Know?

It was James Cagney who suggested to producer Joe Pasternak that he cast Doris Day in the role of Ruth Etting. They had worked together previously in The West Point Story (1950).See more »
Factual errors: Ruth Etting's name is billed over 'Ziegfeld Follies' on a theater marquee. The Ziegfeld Follies never allowed any performer's name to be placed over the title of the show.See more »
Martin Snyder:[to reporters about Ruth] The girl can sing... About that I was never wrong.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Doris Day: A Sentimental Journey (1991) (TV)See more »
I'll Never Stop Loving YouSee more »


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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A great drama/musical; Cagney and Day at their best., 8 January 1999
Author: none-85 from Bethesda, MD

A great great biopic of Ruth Etting and Martin, the "Gimp" Snyder. Day is in great singing form and also holds her own as an actress. Her rendition of the title song is tremendous. Was there ever a better actor than Cagney? Did he ever make a bad film? His style will live forever. When you think of the films he made- White Heat, Yankee Doodle Dandy, Man of a Thousand Faces, and Love Me or Leave Me - I mean, who can compare? Joe Pesci is in some respects a good successor- as a little tough guy. But Cagney is great in all kinds of films- not just gangster films. And he could dance.

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