Love Me or Leave Me

Love Me or Leave Me

DVD - 2005
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Jazz age singing sensation Ruth Etting had it all, but it took more than talent to make it big. Her rise to fame at the hands of her Chicago gangster boyfriend turned her life off stage into a world of fear and abuse.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Warner Bros. Entertainment : Distributed by Warner Home Video, 2005.
Edition: DVD edition Widescreen.
ISBN: 9780790798936
079079893X
Branch Call Number: 791.43651 LOVE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (122 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.

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If_You_See_Kay
Sep 17, 2016

You know, I'd never realized that actress/singer, Doris Day could belt it out, big time, like she did in Love Me or Leave Me.... Man-oh-man, there were a couple of real dynamite tunes in this bio flick of Ruth Etting's career where Doris's impressive vocal talents, literally, knocked me out. And I ain't an easy dude to knock out.

Anyway - As the story goes - It was crystal clear, right from the start, that Ruth Etting's singing career would've, most likely, never amounted to anything much had it not been for Chicago racketeer, Martin Snyder (a.k.a. "The Gimp", on account of his club-foot). This limping ape (played brilliantly by James Gagney) was a tough-minded, shrewd "business-operator" who actually resorted to strong-arm tactics to initially boost Etting's career.

"Let Ruth sing at your club, or I'll ruin you," was Martin Snyder's familiar motto. And, yes, he even employed the hired-muscle to enforce this. (What a charmer)

All-in-all - Love Me or Leave Me was quite a satisfying and entertaining musical from 1955.

Contrary to popular belief - I don't shock easily. Well. I don't. So, as anyone can well imagine, it certainly came as quite an unexpected shockeroo for me when I found myself becoming quite captivated with Miss Doris Day's singing in this flick. Now, that was a monumental shock, indeed!

Released in 1955 - "Love Me or Leave Me", which stars Doris Day and James Cagney, is pretty much a musical, bio-flick about Roaring 20's songstress, Ruth Etting.

It covers the highlights of Etting's career from between 1926-1932. In this period of time Ruth became one of the top 10 female torch-singers in America. Ruth was in hot demand, both on radio and live on stage. Some of the greatest songwriters of that era were, literally, penning tunes specifically arranged for Ruth, and her unique singing style.

If you enjoy high-caliber entertainment from the fabulous 50's (the era that gave us Singing In The Rain and Damn Yankees), then check out Love Me or Leave Me. It'll certainly be worth your while..... (*Be sure to watch music video-clip*)

7duffy Aug 08, 2015

An OK film made better by Jimmy Cagney's performance.

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