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Love Me Or Leave Me [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Doris Day , James Cagney , Charles Vidor    DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Doris Day, James Cagney, Cameron Mitchell, Robert Keith, Tom Tully
  • Directors: Charles Vidor
  • Writers: Daniel Fuchs, Isobel Lennart
  • Producers: Joe Pasternak
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 26 April 2005
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007QS2ZM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,535 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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4.6 out of 5 stars
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great musical with great music ! 23 Nov 2006
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The story of Ruth Etting is well known and Doris Day who incidentally bares not the slightest resemblance to her plays the part magnificently in this 1955 spectacular.

The wonderful musical numbers are arranged and conducted by the late great Percy Faith who Doris Day specifically requested the studio to hire for the job,even though the studio bosses already had another musical director in mind. Percy Faith was hired and for his trouble was nominated for an Oscar at the 1955 awards.The music is both sweet and swingin' and Doris delivers some of the most powerful performances ever seen in any of her movies. The emotion conveyed by her singing is at times quite moving and as always Doris turns in a brilliant reading of every number.

It is such a pity that she did not continue recording in her later years because her voice is one of the real gems of popular music.

There are many who can sing but few who can really pull at the heartstrings the way Doris does. One feels her frustrations and her sadness as well as her joys and happiness. This must be the finest movie Doris Day ever made and she made many good ones.

This is a terrific DVD and Jimmy Cagney is great - not everyone is aware what a wonderful song and dance man he was due to the gangster image created by the numerous movies he did in a villainous role.

With some really fantastic songs with knockout performances and some rollicking good sweet and swingin' music by Percy Faith this is a must have DVD. An added bonus with this wildly entertaining movie is that the entire production unbelievably for 1955 was recorded in true spacial stereo and the DVD sounds wonderful through a stereo sound TV and even better through a home theatre system. This is one movie certainly not to be missed!

Happy viewing and happy listening folks!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfies all the senses 26 April 2009
By M. Cox
Format:DVD
Forget the cheese - 'for what it's worth - I love you'! Just enjoy the costumes [feathers, sequins, etc], listen to the music and see the drama unfold. Doris Day in this film is at her musical peak, the phrasing, the delivery are just matchless - there isn't a single 'bum' note in the entire film. Just as an aside, Ruth Etting the character played by Doris Day had a far inferior singing voice - Doris's interpretation of Etting's song book is a slice of the 'divine'. If you only watch this film for the songs, you will not be disappointed - couple the music with Cagney at his most charismatic and you have a winner. Listen, watch and enjoy. The price of the DVD was worth every last cent.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Biopic 10 Jan 2010
Format:DVD
I have always been a Doris Day fan & have seen quite a few of her films when shown on TV.
I bought this as it's one of a few films I like to watch on a regular basis. The story of Ruth Etting's (played by Doris Day) rise to fame under the guidance of a 'Svengali' played by James Cagney (the 'Gimp')is well acted by the 2 leads & the music is true Hollywood, with memorable production numbers. Doris Day's portrayal of the troubled singer torn between her ambition & loyalty to the man who gave her the chance to be a star is full of emotion & very believable. Altogether, it's a great musical & a poignant story, a wonderful combination.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Me or Leave Me DVD 28 May 2009
By Gimpy
Format:DVD
A superb biopic of the fiery relationship of Ruth Etting (Doris Day) and her "mentor" played by James Cagney.
Spellbinding from start to finish and thoroughly recommended for all afficionados of the genre.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love me or leave me 11 Feb 2006
Format:DVD
This biographical musical starring Doris Day and James Cagney is simply the best musical Doris ever did, in fact I would go as far as to say it is one of the best musicals ever made. The music is far superior in it`s arrangement and direction then many of it`s contemporaries and Doris sings the lyrics with such warmth and conviction that you cannot fail to be moved. The acting combination of Doris and James is second-to-none. If you have never seen this movie, go on and buy it, you won`t be disappointed. from Meryl Heasman (songwriter) CATFLAP MUSIC.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Out of MGM, Love Me or Leave Me is directed by Charles Vidor and stars Doris Day, James Cagney & Cameron Mitchell. Written by Daniel Fuchs and Isobel Lennart, the film is loosely based on the true story of legendary 20s torch singer Ruth Etting (Day) and her rise to fame propelled by Chicago gangster Marty "The Gimp" Snyder (Cagney). It's shot in CinemaScope/Eastmancolor and features a number of Etting standards along with a couple of new tunes written especially for the film.

Vidor's movie was a box office success that earned six Oscar nominations, one of which was for Cagney in the Best Actor category. Most surprising on the nominations list is the absence of one for Day. Surprising since as good as Cagney is here (all snarly, bossy and maniacal gangster like), this most assuredly is Day's movie as she turns in arguably a career best performance. Etting herself wanted Jane Powell to play her in the movie, whilst Ava Gardner was courted, and courted back, for the role. But Cagney was sure that Day was right for the part, how right he turned out to be.

That Day would be able to carry off the tunes was a given, that she could immerse herself successfully in a character calling for a strong dramatic bent, still carried a question mark. Thankfully she delivers, even if her fluffy girl next door persona remains in tact. This comes down to much of the hard edge of the story from the source being absent or skirted over (Etting's battle with alcohol, pre-marital sex & infidelity), but Day and Cagney really manage to make the real life odd coupling come alive on the screen; and thus the dark aspects loom in the air just about enough to make us aware.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great artists at their best!!
This film has it all, glamour, romance, thrills, and betrayal!! And of course, two fantastic performers. They just dont make them like this any more!
Published 1 month ago by E CALVERT
4.0 out of 5 stars Adequate
A present for my wife, so my opinions do not really count. What more do you feel would be helpful?
Published 3 months ago by Old Film Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Genuine Warner DVD maintaining the wide screen format.
At last I have been able to purchase what I am sure is the genuine article. A bit pricey but will be one of my most treasured DVDs.
Published 4 months ago by J. M. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Doris Day performance
This is a film- the story of Ruth Etting - that is completely different from the other lighter performances by Doris Day of whom I am a great fan. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pam, Charmouth
4.0 out of 5 stars Dorris Day at her most serious!
This film is about love and obsession, about being rejected and also about being a control freak. It goes back to the fraise 'the road to hell is paved with good intentions'. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Juan Carlos Mateo
5.0 out of 5 stars Cagney & Day are great
Whilst biographies on film are alrered mostly for dramatic effect 'Love me or Leave Me' is an excellent film. Fine acting by Cagney & also Doris in a dramatic type role. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Peter Ludley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic
Great film, both actors at their best. All about a girl who wants to go places and will use anyone to get there, a touching and gritty film. Read more
Published 11 months ago by j.j.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love me or Leave Me DVD
An excellent Doris Day film in one of her best and lesser known film roles. A must for any Doris Day fan!
Published 15 months ago by Eiris Watkins
4.0 out of 5 stars my rating of love me or leave me
ithought doris,s voice was not up to her usual standard of some of her other dvd,s that i have got
Published 15 months ago by robert
5.0 out of 5 stars loved the film
I bought this film for my mumshe loved it. what a great actor james cagney is i always enjoy his films.
Published 16 months ago by artifact
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