- Actors: Doris Day, James Cagney, Cameron Mitchell, Robert Keith, Tom Tully
- Directors: Charles Vidor
- Format: Blu-ray
- Language: English
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Studio: Warner Archive Collection
- DVD Release Date: September 13, 2016
- Run Time: 122 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 188 customer reviews
- ASIN: B01JQW4MEM
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- #245 in Musicals (Movies & TV)
Love Me or Leave Me
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Roaring '20s songstress Ruth Etting had everything—the looks, the wiles, the smokey jazz voice, the it. Doris Day's Etting was a career-best dramatic performance, bringing acclaim from critics and a departure from her traditionally sunny roles. Brilliant performances by Day and James Cagney highlight this Academy Award winning story of jazz singing sensation Ruth Etting and the vicious Chicago hood who controlled her life. Year: 1955. Director: Charles Vidor. Starring: Doris Day, James Cagney, Cameron Mitchell, Robert Keith, Tom Tully.
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This one is a real winner! Picture quality is stunning and the 62-year old sound is quite good.
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.
It's interesting to note Ruth Etting did remark however that she was never a dance hall girl, but clearly that section was added to accomodate the song Ten Cents A Dance.
A wonderful movie, a must have for fans and music lovers alike