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Love Me or Leave Me (26-May-1955)

Director: Charles Vidor

Writers: Daniel Fuchs; Isobel Lennart

Producer: Joe Pasternak

Keywords: Drama, Biography, Jazz

Jazz singer Ruth Etting's career is faltering; despite her love with pianist Myrl Alderman she marries a brute that can help her get ahead, Chicago gangster Marty "The Gimp" Snyder. This despite his rape of Etting, most of the scene cut to pass the censor. Features Doris Day in atypical form and at her dramatic best. Received Oscar for Best Story, and nominations for 5 others including Best Actor, Best Score, and Best Screenplay.

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
James Cagney
17-Jul-1899 30-Mar-1986 New York tough guy
Doris Day
3-Apr-1922 13-May-2019 The Man Who Knew Too Much
Richard Gaines
23-Jul-1904 20-Jul-1975 Double Indemnity
Robert Keith
10-Feb-1896 22-Dec-1966 Guys and Dolls
Cameron Mitchell
4-Nov-1918 6-Jul-1994 The High Chaparral
Tom Tully
21-Aug-1908 27-Apr-1982 Insp. Matt Grebb on The Lineup


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


Review by Allen (posted on 27-May-2008)

You should see this film. It shows a dramatic side of Jimmy Cagney and especially Doris Day that you don't see in any of their films. Her songs are just beautiful--including the old '20s standards and the ones written in the '50s. I loved the new song "I'll Never Stop Loving You" and Doris' rendition of torch singer Ruth Etting's hit "Mean to Me". It is just a well-crafted and well-acted film that does not get the recognition it deserves. Go ahead and check it out on a rainy day.

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