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

Will you kindly use your head?

That one belongs to the Gimp,

bought and paid for.

- The Gimp?

- So don't make trouble for yourself, or me.

I got a big investment in this place.

It's funny. I would have sworn

she hasn't been around much.

Maybe she hasn't.

What she knows, they learn in the cradle.

Wait a minute, Frobisher.

- Etling, I'm here.

- Hello, Mr. Snyder.

I got my own laundry, eight trucks,

and she does her own washing. Cute, huh?

- They treating you right, kid?

- They're wonderful to me.

Okay, Frobisher, thanks. Blow.

I delivered, didn't I? Tell the truth.

You thought

I was giving you the business, right?

I've got to go.

Frobisher, the kid is staying

out of this one.

Sure, why not?

No, I better go.

- No...

- He won't mind.

There is something I want to ask you.

You see, I'm dancing.

That's great.

Tell me, have you ever been to Florida?

No, I haven't. I hate to bother you...

You'll be crazy about it. Take it from me.

All the girls are nuts about Miami.

Mr. Frobisher put me in the chorus...

He won't fire you, don't worry.

He wouldn't dare.

It's the worst weather here, freezing cold.

In Miami, you go swimming

in the ocean every day.

I don't want to dance, I want to sing.

Singing, dancing, what's the difference?

You're on the stage, ain't you?

- In here, Georgie.

- All set, Marty. Got the train tickets.

How do you like that?

We're leaving Friday night.

- Leaving for where?

- For where? For Florida.

Little girl, you gotta start

listening to me.

But I don't want to go to Florida.

Why not?

How do you know you won't like it?

You've never been there.

You said so yourself. You'll love it.

What's not to like?

She thinks it's a line.

She thinks I say Miami,

I mean Atlantic City.

- Georgie, show her the tickets.

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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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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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