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Love Me or Leave Me (1955)

Passed | | Biography, Drama, Music | 10 June 1955 (USA)
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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Ruth Etting
... Martin Snyder
... Johnny Alderman
... Bernard V. Loomis
... Frobisher
... Georgie
... Paul Hunter
Peter Leeds ... Fred Taylor
... Eddie Fulton
... Jingle Girl
John Harding ... Greg Trent
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Storyline

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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You'll Love it!...The Big Lavish Musical of the Roaring Twenties! See more »


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10 June 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les pièges de la passion  »

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$2,760,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)

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(Eastmancolor)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Ruth Etting and Martin Synder were both dissatisfied with the movie's portrayals of themselves. See more »

Goofs

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 little broad, do you know who I am? Do you think I let dames talk to me that way?
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Connections

Featured in 1955 Motion Picture Theatre Celebration (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

I Miss My Swiss (My Swiss Miss Misses Me)
(uncredited)
Music by Abel Baer
Lyrics by L. Wolfe Gilbert
Sung by the chorus girls during rehearsal
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A great drama/musical; Cagney and Day at their best.
8 January 1999 | by See all my reviews

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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