ALL DORIS, ALL DAY: A FILM SERIES TRIBUTE TO DORIS DAY - Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
Fall in love with Doris Day – for the first time or all over again. This film series curated by Janet, our resident Doris Day aficionada, hits all the high marks and presents four films that are the cornerstones of Day’s film career. Janet will be on hand to share behind-the-scenes stories of Day’s career and life, as well as to guide after-film discussion.
Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
Tuesday, June 12, 6-9 p.m.
*This film will be shown in the Central Library, Level 7 Meeting Room
Special Opening Event with Cabaret Singer Cora Vette!
5:30 p.m. in the Central Library, Level 7 Vida Ellison Gallery
Cora Vette will be opening this event with a concert dedicated to the music of Ruth Etting and Doris Day.
Directed by Charles Vidor. Starring Doris Day, James Cagney.
In this engrossing biopic about prohibition-era torch singer Ruth Etting, Doris Day’s performance was so compelling that James Cagney offered to take second billing on the screen credits, something he had not done since his own star ascended in Hollywood twenty-five years before. “Day and Cagney work wonders with their roles, and share a number of hard-hitting scenes together. Cagney turns in an especially powerful performance as a “gimpy” gangster accustomed to getting his way at every turn, while Day effectively taps into Etting’s emotional core as she struggles to stay loyal to the man she knows she owes her career to despite feeling more and more disgusted by him. Meanwhile, Cameron Mitchell is nicely cast (against type) as Etting’s enduring love interest, waiting patiently behind the wings. Most importantly, however, Day fans will enjoy her fine renditions of a number of Etting’s most noteworthy songs — including “I’ll Never Stop Loving You,” “Shaking the Blues Away,” and the title song. Love Me or Leave Me is essential viewing for any fans of Doris Day.” – filmfanatic.org. 122 minutes. Unrated.