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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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Gloria Gordon ...
Mrs. O'Reilly
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Mr. Ubang (as Erno Verebes)
Margaret Field ...
Alice
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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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Martin and Lewis. Together again - for the first time! [video cover] See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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14 October 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi amiga Irma  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Alfred Newman's ubiquitous theme "Street Scene", closely associated with every New York-themed film produced at Fox during his tenure as musical director at that studio, turns up in the opening of this film and its sequel, My Friend Irma Goes West (1950). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Irma Peterson: [On phone] Oh Jane, darling. I called you because I wanted to tell you to be sure not to take a shower.
Jane Stacy: And why shouldn't I take a shower and be clean like all other normal people?
Irma Peterson: Well, you see, I painted the clothes closet, and I hung all the clothes in the shower.
Jane Stacy: Irma, when you come home tonight would you bring a piece of good, strong rope with you? Because there's something else I want to hang in the shower with the clothes.
Irma Peterson: Really, Jane? What?
Jane Stacy: You. Irma Peterson, how could you be so stupid?
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Featured in The Silver Screen: Color Me Lavender (1997) See more »

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Here's to Love
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Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Dean Martin
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An Auspicious Debut for Dean and Jerry (But Also Strange)
3 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is a strange little comedy in which the appearances of Dean and Jerry almost seem an afterthought. "My Friend Irma" was already a successful radio comedy featuring the brilliant Marie Wilson. Marie played a hard core scatterbrain who had a knack for getting herself into and out of trouble. When it was decided to bring Irma to the big screen, I think Paramount decided to hedge their bets by including Dean and Jerry. This unlikely trio of comedians seems occasionally at odds struggling for whatever laughs might exist in this thin script. But there are some definite highlights for all of them, and the climax presents a bizarre commentary on how much the effects of consumerism had absorbed the American culture just a few years after World War II. The dippy Irma wins a radio contest by accident, and the last scene milks every last ounce of joke material out of the fact that she has been rewarded with a mountain of expensive presents.


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