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Irma la Douce (1963)

Unrated | | Comedy, Romance | 5 June 1963 (USA)
In Paris, a former policeman falls in love with a prostitute, and tries to get her out of that life by paying for all of her time.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nestor Patou / Lord X
Amazon Annie
Kiki the Cossack
Paul Dubov ...
Police Sergeant
Diki Lerner ...
Herb Jones ...
Casablanca Charlie
Ruth Earl ...
One of the Zebra Twins
Jane Earl ...
One of the Zebra Twins


Naive, by the book French police officer Nester Patou, is transferred to the Red Light district. Upon witnessing what must be a brothel, he calls the station and organizes a raid, transporting all the 'ladies' to the jail. This unfortunately disrupts the well organized system of the police and the Pimps union. Not to mention inadvertently netting his station superior at the brothel. Fired, he goes to a bar to drink, is befriended by Irma, beats up her pimp, and finds he is now Irma's new pimp. Nester's doesn't like the thought of his girl seeing other men, so comes up with a plan. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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Irma the Sweet puts spice in men's lives...until Jack the Gendarme arrests her activities! See more »


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Release Date:

5 June 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Irma la dulce  »

Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Billy Wilder loved Marilyn Monroe's performance in Some Like It Hot (1959) and wanted her for this role but she died before production started. See more »


The shadow of the "boom" can be seen on the brown wall, at the right of the screen, just after Lemmon shows up in MacLaine's apartment, following his jailbreak. It shows up behind Bernardi, just after MacLaine's sarcasm that Lemmon could be found in jail. See more »


Irma La Douce: This is not just a job, it's a profession.
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Referenced in American Dad!: Home Wrecker (2011) See more »


Selections from 'Irma La Douce'
Music by Marguerite Monnot
Used throughout the background score
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User Reviews

Entertaining lightweight piece.
11 August 2001 | by See all my reviews

Although "Irma la Douce" can't quite compare to Wilder's greatest works, it's nonetheless an entertaining lightweight piece with ravishing photography, delightful performances, gorgeous set design, and a top-notch musical score. As a whole the film just isn't remarkable enough to reach the level of "Some Like It Hot" and "The Apartment", and it suffers from being needlessly drawn out. Lou Jacobi almost steals the show from Lemmon and MacLaine.

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