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Premiering at Radio City Music Hall in the Spring of 1955, Love Me or Leave Me was a very rare dramatic musical (of that or any other era). 





Doris Day, playing real-life singer Ruth Etting, called it her favorite performance, and James Cagney, playing a gangster for the very last time, received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for his work as Etting’s husband, Martin Moe Snyder. 





If M-G-M had had its way, Ava Gardner would have played the lead, but she said "no." 





Having had her vocals dubbed in 1951’s Showboat, she wasn’t about to go through that humiliation again.


A
s a singer, Doris Day is really at her peak in this movie, as you can see in these musical clips:




Here are today's doll-related
Featured Items:




OH, YOU BEAUTIFUL DOLL
NOW ON DVD
(25th Anniversary Edition)
$19.99


FALL 2017 JASON WU
ELYSE JOLIE
(2019)
$375.00


WHITE MAGIC
NRFB
(1964)
$299.00


FASHION ROYALTY
GOLD EYEGLASSES
(2008)
$4.99


BLUE CHIFFON BALLGOWN
SILKSTONE BARBIE
(2017)
$79.99


MRS. MAISEL
SEASON 3 PROMOTIONAL GIFT SET
(2019)
$49.99


DORIS DAY - ROCK HUDSON
PILLOW TALK
GIFT SET
NRFB
(2011)
$119.99


PAK PINK BLOUSE
with WHITE PURSE
NRFP
(1961)
$79.00


ICE HOCKEY TOMMY
NRFB
$11.99

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And Now For A Radio City Music Hall Trivia Tidbit:




When you ask someone to name something associated with Radio City Music Hall, more often than not the answer will be “The Rockettes.” 




The stunning knife-like line of dancing precision has been performing at the Music Hall since opening night, but their existence started in St. Louis in 1925.



Created by Russell Markert as a live stage attraction, the group of 16 dancers was first known as The Missouri Rockets.  As their fame grew and they traveled around the US, the name changed to The American Rockets.  They settled In NYC and appeared in several Broadway shows. 






Enter Roxy, the master showman who had perfected the art of creating theatres where live stage shows alternated with a feature film multiple times a day.  In 1927, he was the director of a massive theatre on Broadway named after him - The Roxy.






When he saw The American Rockets, he HAD to have them for his theatre and made a deal with Markert. 

Over time, the line doubled in size - to 32 dancers - and Roxy renamed them The Roxyettes

In 1932, Roxy left his theatre to oversee everything to do with the upcoming Radio City Music Hall.  He took The Roxyettes with him -- and changed their name to The Rockets

Then, in an effort to feminize the troupe's name, it was altered one last time to The Rockettes.  At Radio City, the line grew to 36 ladies, although it has recently shrunk to the present size of 24.
 






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