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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BlogHub Articles:

Love Me or Leave Me (1955) - A Bad Romance

By FlickChick on Sep 29, 2021 From A Person in the Dark

This is my entry in The Biopic Blogathon, hosted by Hometowns to Hollywood. Click here for more favorite biopics. They’re all true, right?My heart explodes with love for this film. It has everything that enchants me about the movies. It may never make the list of the greatest films ever made,... Read full article


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


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Quotes from

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!


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

According to an interview with Ruth Etting, she never actually worked as a dance hall hostess. This was dramatic fiction, to underscore the song "Ten Cents a Dance".
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.
It was James Cagney who suggested to producer Joe Pasternak that he cast Doris Day in the role of Ruth Etting. They had worked together previously in The West Point Story.
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