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Love Me or Leave Me Overview:

Love Me or Leave Me (1955) was a Biographical - Drama Film directed by Charles Vidor and produced by Joe Pasternak.

Academy Awards 1955 --- Ceremony Number 28 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorJames CagneyNominated
Best Music - ScoringPercy Faith, George StollNominated
Best Music - SongMusic by Nicholas Brodszky; Lyrics by Sammy CahnNominated
Best WritingDaniel FuchsWon
Best WritingDaniel Fuchs, Isobel LennartNominated
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Tempting to shake the blues away: Doris Day in Love Me or Leave Me (Charles Vidor, 1956)

By Virginie Pronovost on Apr 3, 2019 From The Wonderful World of Cinema

In 1955, Doris Day was already a well-established actress and music entertainer. She was making films since 1948 (Romance on the High Seas) and had quickly conquered our hearts with her enchanting voice, her smile and her sense of fun. In 1955, she also delivered what is considered to be one of the ... Read full article


Love Me or Leave Me

By Amanda Garrett on Apr 3, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm reviewing the musical Love Me or Leave Me (1955), which stars Doris Day as torch singer Ruth Etting. This article is part of The Doris Day Blogathon hosted by Love Letters to Old Hollywood. Love Me or Leave Me (1955) gave "America's Sweetheart" Doris Day the chance to prove her co... Read full article


New on Blu-ray: Love Me or Leave Me

By Amanda Garrett on Oct 14, 2016 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm reviewing Warner Archive's new Blu-ray release of Love Me or Leave Me (1955), starring Doris Day as torch singer Ruth Etting. Here's what you need to know about Love Me or Leave Me (1955), which was just released on Blu-ray by the good folks at Warner Archive. The Director: Charl... Read full article


Warner Archive--Doris Day and James Cagney on Blu-ray in Love Me or Leave Me (1955)

By KC on Oct 6, 2016 From Classic Movies

So much of the joy of Love Me or Leave Me is in the luxurious MGM-style polish of the production. There's the beautiful sets, the too gorgeous to be real costumes and the beauty of the luscious color photography. This glossy fictionalization of the rise of chanteuse Ruth Etting and her relationships... Read full article


Love Me or Leave Me (1955)

on Jul 21, 2016 From Journeys in Classic Film

Doris Day tested her image’s?bounds as Ms. Wholesome when she took on the role of torch singer Ruth Etting in Love Me or Leave Me. We’ll never know for certain, but Day’s break from convention?could explain why she wasn’t nominated for an Academy Award as this is Day’s ... Read full article


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Quotes from

Martin Snyder: [to Ruth Etting when she visits him in jail] Tell 'em you seen me in the pokey and I looked great! Tell 'em I like it! Makes me feel like a kid again!


Martin Snyder: [to reporters about Ruth] The girl can sing... About that I was never wrong.


Martin Snyder: [Indignantly to Ruth] Now look here, you stupid liyyle broad, do you know who I am? Do you think I let dames talk to me that way?


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Facts about

Doris Day wrote in her autobiography that she hesitated before accepting the lead in this film. Ruth Etting was a kept woman who clawed her way up from seamy Chicago nightclubs to the Ziegfeld Follies. It would require her to drink, wear scant, sexy costumes and to string along a man she didn't love in order to further her career. There was also a certain vulgarity about Ruth Etting that she didn't want to play. Producer Joe Pasternak convinced Day to accept the role because she would give the part some dignity that would play away from the vulgarity.
The character James Cagney played, Martin Snyder (aka "Moe the Gimp"), was portrayed in the film as a small-time hood. Ironically he ended up working in the license department in Chicago's City Hall.
This was the only time, after becoming a star in the 1930s, that James Cagney ever accepted second billing for a major role. He thought that Doris Day's character was more central to the film's plot, and so ceded top billing to her.
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