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Love Me or Leave Me

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Love Me or Leave Me

In one of her greatest screen performances, Doris Day stars as the real-life singing superstar Ruth Etting, covering her life from 1920s Chicago nightclub act and dime-a-dance girl to famous jazz artist and Broadway star. A fiery, Oscar-nominated James Cagney co-stars as her racketeering manager-turned-husband, whose violent temper threatens to derail her career. Charles Vidor directs a critically lauded classic that earned Academy Award nominations for Best Screenplay, Best Song, and Best Score. Landing somewhere between musical and mob picture, Love Me or Leave Me would impact a generation of movie-makers, most notably Martin Scorsese, who has acknowledged the film’s influence on his own New York, New York.

“In CinemaScope and color, it’s a rich canvas of the Roaring 20s with gutsy and excellent performances.” – Variety

Director
Charles Vidor
Starring
Doris Day, James Cagney, Cameron Mitchell, Robert Keith, Tom Tully
Year
1955
Country
USA
Format
35mm
Running Time
122 minutes

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