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Love Me or Leave Me (1955)

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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Charles Vidor

Writers:

Daniel Fuchs (screenplay), Isobel Lennart (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Peter Leeds ... Fred Taylor
Claude Stroud ... Eddie Fulton
Audrey Young ... Jingle Girl
John Harding 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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...The dramatic musical love story of Ruth Etting! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les pièges de la passion See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,760,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Cameron Mitchell plays Myrl Alderman (given a different name), who composed James Cagney's 1937 movie Something To Sing About. See more »

Goofs

In the film, Etting marries her "manager" Moe Snyder during her run with the Ziegfeld Follies of 1927. They actually married in 1922. See more »

Quotes

Martin Snyder: [to Ruth Etting when she visits him in jail] Tell 'em you seen me in the pokey and I looked great! Tell 'em I like it! Makes me feel like a kid again!
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Soundtracks

Stay On the Right Side, Sister
(uncredited)
Music by Rube Bloom
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Sung by Doris Day
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4 October 2004 | by BumpyRideSee all my reviews

If you're not a fan of Doris Day, give this movie a viewing. No syrup or sugar in this film. It's amazing just how good she is, and I wonder why she let herself be typecast as the eternal virgin? Here's an actress that seems to be able to do almost anything and do it well, ie: sing, dance and act too.

Another great performance comes from Cameron Mitchell who I really didn't know too much about. He does a great job playing Doris' torch carrying pianist. In fact everyone does a great job in this film. The film hints about a possible drinking problem, but fails to deliver on that point. One scene in particular must have been quite shocking for 1950's audience with a possible rape in a hotel room.

"Love Me Or Leave Me" has hints of "A Star Is Born" in its fabric but it seems to fail in telling the entire Ruth Etting story. Good on all counts, but it could have been much more powerful with this cast.


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