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Love Me or Leave Me

Love Me or Leave Me(1955)

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Trivia

  • It was James Cagney who suggested to producer Joe Pasternak to cast 'Day, Doris' in the role of Ruth Etting. They had worked together previously in West Point Story, The (1950).
  • According to an interview with Ruth Etting, she never actually worked as a dance hall hostess. This was dramatic fiction, to underscore the song "Ten Cents a Dance".
  • This was the only time, after becoming a star in the 1930s, that James Cagney ever accepted second billing for a major role. He thought that Doris Day's character was more central to the film's plot, and so ceded top billing to her.
  • The character James Cagney played, Martin Snyder also known as the Gimp was portrayed in the film as a small time hood. Ironically he ended up working in the license department in Chicago's City Hall.

Contributions

  • Tobias (2006-05-03)

    Source: Jane Russell's 1985 autobiography,

    According to Jane Russell's 1985 autobiography, "My Path And My Detours," she was offered the role of Ruth Etting in "Love Me Or Leave Me" but turned it down in hope of starring in "I'll Cry Tomorrow" -- which, of course, she did not get.

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