Love Me or Leave Me
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Brilliant performances by Doris Day and James Cagney highlight this Academy Award(R) winning story of jazz singing sensation Ruth Etting and the vicious Chicago hood who controlled her life.]]>
- Three vintage shorts, the first two with Ruth Etting: "A Modern Cinderella," "Roseland," "A Salute to the Theaters"
- Theatrical Trailer
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The well-fashioned script pulls no punches in it's depiction of the sometimes seamy and tawdry lives of it's principal characters. Etting and Snyder often used one another for their own personal gain and, for a change, the film doe not gloss over some of the less than savory aspects of their lives. The result is one of the best musical dramas ever committed to film.
The rise of Etting, from dance hall girl to Ziegfeld star was told amidst the settings of Chicago and New York. She meets Snyder, who wants to use her and utilizes his obsession with her in order to attain her goal - stardom. Their relationship is one that is filled with violence, jealousy, and rage, and the realism with which this is presented is unsettling. Those who like their musicals served up with a sugar coating should steer clear of this memorable classic.
Doris Day gives a tour de force performance as Etting. It's a Doris Day that we've never seen before and the heartbreaking reality that she brings to ever scene is unforgettable. Vocally, she sings with passion and style, dazzling with such song classics as "Shakin the Blues Away", "Ten Cents a Dance" and "You Made Me Love You", and the Oscar nominated, "I'll Never Stop Loving You". However, it is her rendition of "It All Depends on You", accompanied by only a piano, in which she creates a lasting image.Read more ›
Ms. Day sings up a storm (the musical numbers are terrific), and gives a performance with a lot of depth, playing a complex personality caught in a hellbound relationship.
Cagney, as her thug boyfriend/manager, is magnificent. Every gesture and facial expression is a riveting work of art. He was an extraordinary, multi-faceted actor, and this is a performance not to miss.
Cameron Mitchell is also excellent as the pianist who loves her, but is shut out of her life.
Well written, directed and edited, it's a powerful story of control, obsession, and abuse. A downward spiral that's hard to break...when someone tells her "You're making a big mistake", she says: "I've made so many, one more won't make a difference".
This is a fabulous film. It has drama, strong characters, great acting, and marvelous music !
Doris Day was a songbird, and a mighty fine actress too.
Doris Day's performance as torch singer Ruth Etting is first class, ably assisted by such hugely talented people as "mean man" James Cagney - who for the only time in his career since his rise as a leading man in the 30's, agreed for Miss Day to have top billing, reasoning that her charcter was more central to the film than his, the psycho Marty "the Gimp" Snyder.
Joe Pasternak was Producer, and King Vidor directed.
Add to this the music of Sammy Cahn & the master Irving Berlin, beautiful songs which Miss Day really puts her heart and soul into, and you have the recipe for the great success of Love Me Or Leave Me in 1955 through to today.
The songs all stand up today (as you would expect) Ten Cents A Dance, Shakin' the Blues Away, I'll Never Stop Loving You,It All Depends On You,You Made Me Love You etc.
I've always thought this was Doris Day's best work, great songs,
and a well written dramatic role she could really get her teeth into. Roles as good as this don't come along too often, I know, but what a great pity she went down the path of poorly written, silly comedies,(like that other iconic,musical great, Elvis Presley)coming up for air rarely with an occasional good film.
Cagney requested her for this film - they had worked together once before in 1950's West Point Story - and he loved working with her.
As a footnote, both Miss Etting and Mr Snyder were given script approval before Love Me Or Leave Me went into production, and despite the rather unflattering picture painted of them in the film, neither objected - a sure sign of authenticity.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really good movie of the 50's. Love the old movies of a time when life was simpler, however, some things never change when it comes to love. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Calico
Love the songs, but the acting and the story are not exceptional.Published 4 months ago by R. L. Tribble
the only reason to watch this film is to hear and see doris sing all those great songs as only she can, it was her best chance to finally get a plum MGM part, after all those b... Read morePublished 4 months ago by jokeriswild
Very entertaining. Good story. I recommend it for Doris Day fans.Published 4 months ago by lovemeamystery
This isn't a fun Doris Day movie.
Near the start of the movie, her character asks a gangster, the James Cagney character, to get rid of another singer so that she can... Read more
This is a great story, well acted by all with wonderful songs sung by a great singer and actress. Doris Day shines in this rare drama and holds her own with Co-star James Cagney. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Roget
Always love Doris Day, great singing, good story. I will probably watch again.Published 6 months ago by homegirl
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