USA Today - 04/29/2005
"The 'Shakin' the Blues Away' number is tops to both eye and ear."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Roaring '20s songstress Ruth Etting had everything - the looks, the wiles, the smoky jazz voice, the it. She also had Martin "The Gimp" Snyder, the Chicago racketeer who, even as he propelled her career, afflicted her.
Laced with Doris Day's vibrant performances of songs from the era, this 1955 Academy Award winner (Best Motion Picture Story) is a musical unlike any other, a tough-minded, fact-inspired tale of Etting's life with the man who boosted her career with strong-arm tactics and smothered her in an obsessive grip that Etting escaped at great peril. As the gangster Snyder, James Cagney earned one of the film's six Oscar nominations. And Day's Etting was a career-best dramatic performance, one that brought acclaim from critics and protest letters from fans unprepared for the departure from her traditionally sunny roles.
Recreated here is the real-life drama of jazz age singer Ruth Etting and the evil-tempered gangster who orchestrates her climb to stardom. Academy Award Nominations: 6, including Best Actor--James Cagney, Best Motion Picture Story, Best Screenplay, Best Song ("I'll Never Stop Loving You").
Description by Warner Home Video:
Brilliant performances by Doris Day and James Cagney highlight this Academy Award(R) winning story of Jazz singing sensation Ruth Etting and the vicious Chicago hood who controlled her life.
Musical biography about singer Ruth Etting. Film focuses on Etting's troubled relationship with husband Martin Snyder, a low-class hood responsible for Etting's rags-to-riches stardom. Snyder controlled Etting's career and personal life to such a degree that Etting eventually developed an alcohol problem...
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