En route to Hollywood, singer Steve, his partner Seymour and fiancée Jane, Jane's airheaded roommate Irma, and Irma's con artist fiancé Al have a series of misadventures and end up involved with a murderous gang.
Although allergic to kissing girls, Seaman Melvin Jones, through a fluke TV appearance, gets the undeserved reputation of a great kisser dubbed "Mr. Temptation" and is pursued by amorous young females.
Herman owes a lot of gambling debts. To pay them off, he promises the mob he'll fix a horse, so that it does not run. He intends to trick his animal-loving cousin, Virgil, an apprentice ... See full summary »
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
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 »
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 »
Oh Jane, darling. I called you because I wanted to tell you to be sure not to take a shower.
And why shouldn't I take a shower and be clean like all other normal people?
Well, you see, I painted the clothes closet, and I hung all the clothes in the shower.
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.
Really, Jane? What?
You. Irma Peterson, how could you be so stupid?
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An Auspicious Debut for Dean and Jerry (But Also Strange)
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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