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Love Me or Leave Me [Blu-ray] [1955]

  • SKU: 32128345
  • Release Date: 09/13/2016
  • Rating: NR

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    Love Me or Leave Me
    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, but she can't help falling in love with musician Johnny Alderman (Cameron Mitchell). After sinking his fortune into a nightclub for Ruth's benefit, Snyder is rather understandably put out when he finds her in the arms of Alderman. Snyder shoots the musician (but not fatally) and is carted away to prison. Upon his release, Snyder finds that Ruth is still in love with Alderman; he is mollified by her act of largesse in keeping her promise to perform in his nightclub at a fraction of her normal salary. No one comes off particularly nobly in Love Me or Leave Me, even though the still-living Ruth Etting, Martin Snyder and Johnny Alderman were offered full script approval. The fact that we are seeing flesh-and-blood opportunists rather than the usual sugary-sweet MGM musical stick figures naturally makes for a more powerful film. In his autobiography, James Cagney had nothing but praise for his co-star Doris Day, and bemoaned the fact that she would soon turn her back on dramatic roles to star in a series of fluffy domestic comedies. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Doris Day
      Doris Day - Ruth Etting
    • James Cagney
      James Cagney - Martin "The Gimp" Snyder
    • Cameron Mitchell
      Cameron Mitchell - Johnny Alderman
    • Tom Tully
      Tom Tully - Frobisher
    • Harry Bellaver
      Harry Bellaver - Georgie

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      One of His Best


      New and old Cagney fans alike will enjoy this movie. This is a great story of an over-possessive gangster who loves and controls a woman who tries to love him back. It amazes me how, no matter the years this movie takes place, how many women may be able to relate to this character even today. To me, that is one of the traits of a movie that make it really good movie, if not great. The characters are rich and memorable. And say what you will about Doris Day, but her dramatic portrayal of the emotionally abused singer of Cagney's dreams is quite brilliant. I first watched this movie after a late night of a Cagney mini-marathon on his birthday. I didn't realize how great he was and how much I would enjoy him until I gave him a chance, which is what I suggest you do with with movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Doris Day/James Cagney Movie

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      This has always been one of my favorite movies from the 1950s. Great performances by Day and Cagney. Phenomenal video and audio quality. Warner Archives does it again.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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