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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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Musical Monday: Love Me or Leave Me (1955)

on May 20, 2019 From Comet Over Hollywood

It?s no secret that the Hollywood Comet loves musicals. In 2010, I revealed I had seen 400 movie musicals over the course of eight years. Now that number is over 600. To celebrate and share this musical love, here is my weekly feature about musicals. This week?s musical: Love Me or Leave Me ? Musica... Read full article


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


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Quotes from

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?


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


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!


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Facts about

After this film was released, Doris Day was deluged with mail from fans attacking her, a Christian Scientist, for playing a lewd woman who smoked, drank, and wore scant costumes in the nightclub scenes. Day cared about everyone who was disturbed by her characterization, and she answered every piece of mail, explaining the necessity for realism, and that it was essential to separate actress Doris Day from character Ruth Etting. She felt that as a performer, she had the same responsibility to the public that a politician has to the electorate.
Jane Russell turned down the opportunity to play Ruth Etting in hopes of landing the role of Lillian Roth in I'll Cry Tomorrow. That role ended up going to Susan Hayward, leaving Russell with neither part.
According to Doris Day, most of the scene of a violent confrontation between James Cagney (Marty Snyder) and her did not appear in the final film because it would not pass the censors. After Etting is a triumph at the Ziegfeld Follies, Snyder comes to her hotel room to see her, and she tells him to get out of her life. As originally filmed, Cagney slammed her against a wall, savagely tore off her dress, and after a tempestuous struggle, he threw her onto a bed and raped her.
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