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)
|Best Actor||James Cagney||Nominated|
|Best Music - Scoring||Percy Faith, George Stoll||Nominated|
|Best Music - Song||Music by Nicholas Brodszky; Lyrics by Sammy Cahn||Nominated|
|Best Writing||Daniel Fuchs||Won|
|Best Writing||Daniel Fuchs, Isobel Lennart||Nominated|
Love Me or Leave MeBy 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 MeBy 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
Love Me or Leave Me (1955)By Beatrice on Feb 29, 2016 From Flickers in Time
Love Me or Leave Me Directed by Charles Vidor Written by Daniel Fuchs and Isobel Lennart, story by Fuchs 1955/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer First viewing/Netflix rental Strong performances by James Cagney and Doris Day raise this musical biopic above the average. It is the Roaring Twenties. ?Marty (... Read full article
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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.
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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.
There was some discussion of starring Jane Powell in this movie, but the studio had a hard time seeing Powell as a nightclub performer and in a serious role. Before Ruth Etting died, she told an interviewer she wished Powell was given the role.
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