Love Me Or Leave Me
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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, but she can't help falling in love with musician Johnny Alderman (Cameron Mitchell).… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

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"Truthfully told musical saga of '20s singer Ruth Etting with fine turn by Doris Day; Cagney eats up scenery."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Doris was called on to act dramatically and not just sing and be the girl-next-door."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"abrasively repetitious"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"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."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A slow crawl through a hellish relationship."
‑ Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine
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