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Love Me or Leave Me
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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 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Smashing "Gangster Musical" See more (49 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)
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:
Mono (35 mm optical prints) | 4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System) (35 mm magnetic prints)
Certification:
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:
Jane Russell turned down the opportunity to play Ruth Etting in hopes of landing the role of Lillian Roth in I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955). That role ended up going to Susan Hayward, leaving Russell with neither part.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: During one scene late in the film where Cagney is speaking, the audio/visuals are off by more than a second.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:
My Blue HeavenSee more »

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31 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Smashing "Gangster Musical", 22 August 2002
Author: harry-76 from Cleveland, Ohio

"Love Me Or Leave Me" has been critically lauded and publicly supported. I can only concede it's a very fine music/drama/biopic.

What's so unique about this film is it's skillfully combining the "gangster" element with the "musical" genre. The bio-based storyline plays out like somewhat like a crime drama, while the musical portion rings forth with twelve complete full-bodied numbers.

The casting is truly inspired: what a coup getting Doris Day, at the peak of her physical, acting and vocal powers to be cast in a real-life role, while snaring the brilliant, often breathtaking James Cagney--forever at the peak of his powers--as the indestructible "Gimp."

Together they create fireworks, playing off one another's sweet 'n' sour characterizations with great relish. How amusing it is to see Cagney having fun with his deft limp-walk and grueling thug-character, complemented by Day's equally enjoyable, contrastingly lovable persona.

The songs are all very beautiful, and expertly rendered by Day in this, a wonderful tribute to her vocal talent and impressive musicianship.

The script is well-written to utilize the stars' individual gifts, and the widescreen production is a delight to watch. After all these years, "Love Me Or Leave Me" holds its own, thanks to the contributions of two now-legendary stars.

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