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

Now, Marty, don't get sore.

Who's sore? When Georgie tells me

a customer don't want to pay up his bill...

naturally I want to hear why.

Because I'm tired of being milked

like a cow every week.

Why can't I pay you off once and for all?

Cut that out, Orry.

I run a legitimate laundry.

What laundry says how many tablecloths

and napkins you gotta take?

My laundry. It's our policy.

We want our customers should be clean.

Who needs so many tablecloths?

Who comes into a place like this to eat?

Every customer has a quota.

Otherwise it wouldn't pay me.

Mr. Orry.

- That's all right.

- I saw the whole thing.

It's you again.

She broke my leg. I'm gonna sue this joint.

My dear man, so a girl steps on your toe.

It was an accident.

Accident nothing.

She kicked me on purpose.

- Impossible.

- I can explain everything.

Did you deliberately kick this customer?

- Yes, I did. But I warned him three times.

- You're fired. Now you...

That's not fair.

He's wrong. It wasn't my fault.

He's got 10 cents for a dance.

He can't be wrong.

Cash in your tickets and get out of here.

The next dance is on the house.

Enjoy yourself.

But be careful the way you dance.

Get him a girl.

Marty, you gotta understand my angle.

Now, business hasn't been so...

Not bad, huh? I could fix it up for you.

She's one of those stage-struck ones.

You know the type.

Too bad, kid.

You gonna pay up, Orry, or you want

we should suspend our service?

What did you have to go

and make a fuss for?

Why should I let that big ape paw me?

- It's natural. They all do it.

- Not to me, they don't.

Yeah, I forgot.

You're different. You're going places.

That's right.

Get wise to yourself, duchess.

You're not going anyplace.

Not till you stop hollering, "Hands off. "

I'll stop hollering when I want to.

Not because the customer's always right.

Have you had a good look?

I understand you wanna go on the stage.

Maybe I can help you.

You get out of here,

or I'll call the manager.

This happens to be

a private dressing room.

Private for employees,

which you're not no longer.

You want me to help you go on the stage?

Why don't you buy a ticket and

try your line on one of the employees?

- That is, if you have 10 cents.

- If he has 10 cents?

He's the owner of

the biggest night club laundry in Chicago...

- eight trucks, a payroll of 43.

- I know everybody in the business.

- They're my customers.

- He can introduce you...

- to a dozen guys...

- Shut up.

What're you butting in for? I can't talk?

I'll give you one of my own personal cards.

Why should you?

Why not? I like to help a girl when I can.

And you've got a very excellent

personality, I can see that.

I only need to write something on my card

and they'll put you to work.

I must have left them out in my car.

Meet me outside, and I'll...

Now what's the matter?

I'm not getting into any car with you.

Who said you should?

Who invited you?

I said, "Meet me at the car. "

You dope, he's trying to give you

a break. Take advantage.

Or don't. If you want it, okay. If not, not.

- Come on, Claire. Get out.

- What?

Here, buy yourself a horse and buggy.

Only beat it.

What's the matter?

You invite me out for a pleasant evening.

- I wait who knows how long...

- So I changed my mind. Go on, blow.

Getting awful beat up, that Claire.

Been around too long.

Hi, baby.

- Honey, I'd like to...

- Up an alley.

What's your name?

Ruth Etting.

Take this over to the Circle.

You know where it is?

It's on the North Side.

They'll fix you up. Go on, take it.

Can I give you a lift someplace?

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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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