Love Me or Leave Me

Synopsis: In 1920's Chicago, Ruth Etting wants to be a renowned singer, which is a far step away from her current work as a taxi dancer. Upon walking into the dance hall and seeing her, Chicago gangster Marty Snyder immediately falls for Ruth, and works toward being her lover, which he believes he can achieve by opening up singing opportunities for her. Ruth is initially wary of Marty, but makes it clear that she is not interested in him in a romantic sense. Regardless, he does help her professionally, and through his opportunities, which are achieved through intimidation and fear, Ruth does quickly start to gain a name as a singer, which she is able to do because of her talent and despite Marty's intimidation tactics. However, the greater her success, the more reliant she becomes on him. This becomes an issue in their relationship as she believes he can take her only so far before he becomes a liability, however he will never let her go that easily. The one person who tried and tries to get Rut
Director(s): Charles Vidor
Production: MGM Home Entertainment
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
122 min

I'm just trying to be agreeable.

Don't do me no favors.

- Do you want the card back?

- Keep it.

Use it in good health.

You wanna know

what's your trouble, girlie?

You ain't got no faith in human nature.

That's all?

She's obligated, ain't she?

So, what're you sitting?

Maybe we can catch up with Claire.

So she's got a lot of mileage on her.

Eddie Fulton.

Thanks, kid.

Only one chorus in the next number, girls.

We're running late.

Hurray for Johnny Alderman,

the people's friend.

Taking in laundry? I got a sackful of socks.

I wish I had. These have to

last till payday.

The point is, can you last till payday?

I get tired just watching you out there.

I must be something to watch.

I'm just not a dancer, that's all.

It seems odd

you'd want a job dancing then.

I didn't. They made a mistake. I'm a singer.

- You had much experience?

- None so far. I'm just starting.

You going about it the right way?

What do you mean? Somebody gives me

a chance to sing, I'll sing.

I've seen a lot of singers fail

because they get off to a bad start.

Right now is when you need coaching,

before you have time to form bad habits.

You need special material, arrangements

to show off what you've got.

That is, if you're serious about it.

I'm serious, all right. I'm also broke.

That'd take a lot of money.

Tell you what.

I might work with you a little, if you like.

Odd hours after the show.

Would you? That would be wonderful.

It would be a pleasure.

One artist to another.

I have a piano at my place.

It isn't far from here.

We could squeeze in quite a bit of time.

Wouldn't that be

an awful lot of trouble for you?

There's some trouble

a man doesn't mind getting into.

- Get ready, girls. Five minutes.

- Saved by the gong.

Better get back to your piano.

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Daniel Fuchs

Daniel Fuchs (June 25, 1909 – July 26, 1993) was an American screenwriter, fiction writer, and essayist. more…

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