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Love Me Or Leave Me (1955)

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Release Date: Jun 10, 1955 Wide

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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,

Apr 26, 2005

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

March 22, 2008
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Doris was called on to act dramatically and not just sing and be the girl-next-door.

August 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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As a highly colored biopic, it's is an enjoyable mix of Day putting her stamp on Etting's best known songs and the contrasting acting styles of Day and Cagney.

March 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Charles Vidor's crime-gangster musical, about the rise of fall of singer Ruth Etting, offers James Cagney (Oscar-nominated) and Doris Day some of the best dramatic roles of their careers.

July 18, 2005 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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abrasively repetitious

April 28, 2005 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

A slow crawl through a hellish relationship.

April 25, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Love Me Or Leave Me

a different doris day but a wonderful showcase for her talents
March 29, 2007
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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.
December 11, 2013
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