Love Me or Leave Me is a powerful MGM musical that established Doris Day as a first-rate dramatic actress with an impressive emotional range.
This scalding biography of Ruth Etting, nightclub singer and Follies star, was a front-runner in the Oscar race of 1955.
Shedding the girl-next-door image, Doris shared acting honours with James Cagney, as the Chicago hoodlum Marty “The Gimp” Snyder, who dominated and wrecked the singer’s life, then pumped a barrage of bullets into the piano player she really loved.
Together they make an uncommonly interesting and dramatic couple for a musical film.
Nobody gets lathered and shellacked for the sake of an MGM finale; the characters were honestly written and portrayed for the ruthless, ambitious, miserable low-lives they really were, and Doris never sang better. A brittle gem.
Martin (Marty) ‘The Gimp’ Snyder
Bernard V. Loomis