Love Me or Leave Me

Love Me or Leave Me

Doris Day
Director: Charles Vidor Cast: Doris Day
Doris Day
, James Cagney
James Cagney
, Cameron Mitchell
Cameron Mitchell
Charles Vidor


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One of the gutsiest movie musicals of the 1950s, Love Me or Leave Me is the true story of 1930s torch-singer Ruth Etting, here played by Doris Day. While working in a dime-a-dance joint, Ruth is discovered by Chicago racketeer Martin "The Gimp" Snyder (fascinatingly played with nary a redeeming quality by James Cagney). The smitten Snyder exerts pressure on his show-biz connections, and before long Ruth is a star of nightclubs, stage and films. Ruth continues to string Snyder along to get ahead, but she can't help falling in love with musician Johnny Alderman (Cameron Mitchell). After sinking his fortune into a nightclub for Ruth's benefit, Snyder is rather understandably put out when he finds her in the arms of Alderman. Snyder shoots the musician (but not fatally) and is carted away to prison. Upon his release, Snyder finds that Ruth is still in love with Alderman; he is mollified by her act of largesse in keeping her promise to perform in his nightclub at a fraction of her normal salary. No one comes off particularly nobly in Love Me or Leave Me, even though the still-living Ruth Etting, Martin Snyder and Johnny Alderman were offered full script approval. The fact that we are seeing flesh-and-blood opportunists rather than the usual sugary-sweet MGM musical stick figures naturally makes for a more powerful film. In his autobiography, James Cagney had nothing but praise for his co-star Doris Day, and bemoaned the fact that she would soon turn her back on dramatic roles to star in a series of fluffy domestic comedies.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/13/2016
UPC: 0888574409647
Original Release: 1955
Source: Warner Archives
Sales rank: 18,270

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Doris Day Ruth Etting
James Cagney Martin "The Gimp" 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
John Harding Greg Trent
Robert Carson Mr. Brelston, Radio Station Manager
John Day Stage-Hand
Roy Engel 1st Reporter,Propman
Robert Malcolm Doorman
Phil Schumacher Actor
Michael Kostrick Assistant Director
Shirley Wilson Chorus Girl
Barry Regan Guard
Audrey Wilder Jingle Girl
Dorothy Abbott Dancer
Jay Adler Orry
Genevieve Aumont Woman
Veda Ann Borg Hostess
Chet Brandenburg Chauffeur
Benny Burt Stage manager
Claire Carleton Claire
Jimmy Cross Photographer
John Damler 2nd Reporter
James Drury Assistant director
Mauritz Hugo Irate customer
Henry Kulky Bouncer
Paul McGuire Drapery man
Otto Reichow Bouncer
Dick Simmons Dance director
Bob Stephenson Waiter
Larri Thomas Chorus girl
Dale Van Sickel Stagehand

Technical Credits
Charles Vidor Director
Arthur E. Arling Cinematographer
Nicholas Brodszky Score Composer
Ridgeway Callow Asst. Director
Percy Faith Score Composer
Daniel Fuchs Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Production Designer
Isobel Lennart Screenwriter
Urie McCleary Production Designer
Wesley C. Miller Sound/Sound Designer
Jack D. Moore Set Decoration/Design
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Joe Pasternak Producer
Alex Romero Choreography
Helen Rose Costumes/Costume Designer
George Stoll Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
Ralph Winters Editor

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