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My Friend Irma (1949)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 14 October 1949 (USA)
A scatterbrained Brooklynite and her wheeler-dealer fiancé interfere in her level-headed roommate's love life.



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Complete credited cast:
Richard Rhinelander
Mrs. Rhinelander
Gloria Gordon ...
Mrs. O'Reilly
Mr. Ubang (as Erno Verebes)
Margaret Field ...


Based on the long-running radio show. Irma is a likeable airhead who meddles in her roommate's love-life. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, in their first screen appearance, are juice-bar operators who are discovered when a self-proclaimed manager hears Martin's golden voice. Irma's roommate wants to marry her rich boss, but instead falls in love with Martin. Written by Sergei Scurfield

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Release Date:

14 October 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi amiga Irma  »


Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,160,000, 31 December 1949
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Based on the popular radio program, Marie Wilson (Irma), Hans Conried (Prof. Kropotkin), and Gloria Gordon (Mrs. O'Reilly) reprise their radio roles. Conried replaced Felix Bressart, who was cast in the film but died during production. See more »


When Irma (Marie Wilson) falls down the hole in the street in the first scene of the movie, a pair of hands can be seen catching her. See more »


Al: Your time will come, son. Have to hold you back a little. Don't want to push you too much. Save you for a rainy day.
Seymour: Rainy day? I got some news for you, Al. I get hungry in clear weather!
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Here's to Love
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Dean Martin
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Martin & Lewis is the reason My Friend Irma is still in circulation today
16 August 2011 | by See all my reviews

Just rewatched this film which marked the debut of the comedy team of Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis on YouTube. They're shoehorned almost awkwardly into it since this movie was based on a popular radio sitcom about a young woman named Jane Stacy (Diana Lynn) who's trying to snag a rich guy named Rhinelander (Don DeFore) by working as his secretary and having to deal with her scatterbrained roommate Irma Peterson (Marie Wilson) and her con artist boyfriend Al (John Lund). Martin & Lewis are a couple of orange juice stand employees named Steve and Seymour who's discovered by Irma and Al as Steve sings a little something there. Despite many contrivances, the way Jane and Irma seem to fit certain stereotypes of women at the time, and the fact that Irma cries constantly whenever she realizes when it's her fault, this was quite funny especially whenever Lewis is on screen. And Martin shows just how appealing a crooner he was though I'm sure even then some thought he was just a Bing Crosby imitator. The cast as a whole manages to make the somewhat slight material go down easy. In fact, one of my favorite lines comes from a bit player named Hans Conried who says of Irma and Jane, "One with her head in the air and the other with air in her head." So on that note, My Friend Irma is worth a look for comedy fans especially that of Dean & Jerry.

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