Love Me Or Leave Me (1955)


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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, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Daniel Fuchs, Isobel Lennart
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 26, 2005
MGM Home Entertainment


as Ruth Etting

as Marty Snyder

as Johnny Alderman

as Bernard V. Loomis

as Frobisher

as Georgie

as Paul Hunter

as Fred Taylor

as Eddie Fulton

as Greg Trent

as Jingle Girl

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as Irate customer

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as Dance Director

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as 2nd Reporter

as Stage-Hand

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as Chorus girl

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as Drapery man

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Critic Reviews for Love Me Or Leave Me

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | February 18, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 10, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Truthfully told musical saga of '20s singer Ruth Etting with fine turn by Doris Day; Cagney eats up scenery.

March 22, 2008

Doris was called on to act dramatically and not just sing and be the girl-next-door.

Full Review… | August 13, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Love Me Or Leave Me


a different doris day but a wonderful showcase for her talents

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Not bad, not bad. This film is certainly helped by Jimmy Cagney late in his career. I've never been a huge fan of Doris Day's acting abilities but she does okay here. Familiar soundtrack as well.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

Outstanding performances from James Cagney and Doris Day make this film one of the better bio's from the 1950's. Excellent production values, the costumes are beautifully done. Professionally done in all aspects. Great score.

James Higgins

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