Love Me or Leave Me

Love Me or Leave Me

Charles Vidor (1955)

A Certificate


Our Score
This cracking biopic of 1920s chanteuse Ruth Etting was originally intended as a vehicle for Ava Gardner, but MGM wisely brought in Doris Day, giving her a sexy new image and pairing her again, after Starlift and The West Point Story, with tough guy James Cagney, and, boy, how those sparks fly! Though censorship has diluted this tawdry saga of a kept woman and her obsessive and sexually inadequate gangster sponsor, the truth is not glossed over, despite the exquisite CinemaScope framing and top-notch production values that make the tale less squalid than it obviously actually was. Doris is a knockout, performing the title number and Ten Cents a Dance with great understanding, but it's the Oscar-nominated Cagney, in a great later role, as "the Gimp", who walks away with the movie.


Musical biopic chronicling the life of famed American singer Ruth Etting, whose successful career in the 1920s and 1930s was masterminded by a racketeering gangster. However, his obsession with controlling her personal life eventually led to tragedy. Starring Doris Day, James Cagney, Cameron Mitchell and Robert Keith.

Cast & Crew

Ruth Etting Doris Day
Martin "the Gimp" Snyder James Cagney
Johnny Alderman Cameron Mitchell
Bernard V Loomis Robert Keith (1)
Frobisher Tom Tully
Georgie Harry Bellaver
Paul Hunter Richard Gaines
Fred Taylor Peter Leeds
Eddie Fulton Claude Stroud
Jingle girl Audrey Young
Greg Trent John Harding
Director Charles Vidor
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-MayerAvailable on: DVD
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