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Love Me or Leave Me

Released Jun 10, 1955 2h 2m Musical Music List
71% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 75% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings
During the 1920s, a small-time Chicago criminal, Martin Snyder (James Cagney), discovers a beautiful dancer, Ruth Etting (Doris Day), after she's fired from her job at a nightclub. Under Martin's management, Ruth works her way to the top of the entertainment industry, eventually becoming a famous jazz singer and Broadway actress. But as Ruth's popularity grows, Martin's obsessive and controlling behavior begins to threaten her success and happiness. Read More Read Less
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Jeremiah Kipp Slant Magazine A slow crawl through a hellish relationship. Rated: 3/4 Apr 25, 2005 Full Review Andrew Sarris Film Culture Charles Vidor has mounted a solid, grimy-textured production around his two principals, and must be credited in some measure for Doris Day's triumph over off-beat casting. Feb 3, 2021 Full Review Steve Crum Video-Reviewmaster.com Truthfully told musical saga of '20s singer Ruth Etting with fine turn by Doris Day; Cagney eats up scenery. Rated: 5/5 Mar 22, 2008 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Doris was called on to act dramatically and not just sing and be the girl-next-door. Rated: C+ Aug 13, 2007 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) As a highly colored biopic, it's is an enjoyable mix of Day putting her stamp on Etting's best known songs and the contrasting acting styles of Day and Cagney. Rated: 4/5 Mar 7, 2007 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Charles Vidor's crime-gangster musical, about the rise of fall of singer Ruth Etting, offers James Cagney (Oscar-nominated) and Doris Day some of the best dramatic roles of their careers. Rated: B+ Jul 18, 2005 Full Review Read all reviews

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Gabrielle d Cagney is mesmerizing; Doris Day is Doris Day and Cameron Mitchel is solid. What I couldn't understand was the horrible costume and hair designs, and the odd, odd 1927 Ziegfeld Follies number. The costumes were pure 50s with defined waists (this is supposed to be 1920s-30s, folks) and the hair was straight out of Pajama game; not a cloche hat or a spit-curl in the fill. The Ziegfeld number looked like something out of There's No Business Like Show Business or Cover Girl, not Ziegfeld. Obviously, no Edith Head or Irene Sharif around. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 12/07/22 Full Review Liam D Even though the musical numbers and The Drama Clash unevenly it's still an wonderfully told story Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 12/01/21 Full Review Audience Member Doris Day never had a better role, though her funny crying scenes may have prevented her from snagging an Oscar nomination. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Wonderful film due to Doris Day’s great performance. She finally shows she can handle heavy performing with real depth. It’s only dragged down by the stereotypical (and hugely irritating) James Cagney schtick. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 07/02/21 Full Review Audience Member Doris Day and James Cagney are brilliant in this story of singer Ruth Etting's life and career with an unlikeable manager played by Cagney. MGM made these kind of picturr better than any other studio. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 04/18/21 Full Review steve d Day is terrible and the story is weak. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis During the 1920s, a small-time Chicago criminal, Martin Snyder (James Cagney), discovers a beautiful dancer, Ruth Etting (Doris Day), after she's fired from her job at a nightclub. Under Martin's management, Ruth works her way to the top of the entertainment industry, eventually becoming a famous jazz singer and Broadway actress. But as Ruth's popularity grows, Martin's obsessive and controlling behavior begins to threaten her success and happiness.
Director
Charles Vidor
Producer
Joe Pasternak
Screenwriter
Daniel Fuchs, Isobel Lennart
Distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Production Co
Metro Goldwyn Mayer
Genre
Musical, Music
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jun 10, 1955, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Sep 11, 2015
Runtime
2h 2m
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