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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

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Nestor Patou / Lord X
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Lolita
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Amazon Annie
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Kiki the Cossack
Paul Dubov ...
Andre
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Concierge
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Police Sergeant
Diki Lerner ...
Jojo
Herb Jones ...
Casablanca Charlie
Ruth Earl ...
One of the Zebra Twins
Jane Earl ...
One of the Zebra Twins
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Romance

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5 June 1963 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Irma la dulce  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Laughton was director-writer Billy Wilder's first choice to play the character of Moustache in Irma la Douce (1963). Laughton, who had given an Oscar-nominated lead performance under Wilder's direction in Witness for the Prosecution (1957), agreed to play the role, but died before principal photography commenced. See more »

Goofs

When Nestor and Irma first meet, Nestor says he received a medal for performing 'mouth to mouth respiration' on a drowning child. Of course, he means 'mouth to mouth resuscitation'. See more »

Quotes

Moustache: It's a hard way to earn an easy living.
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Connections

References The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935) See more »

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Selections from 'Irma La Douce'
Music by Marguerite Monnot
Used throughout the background score
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Forgotten Wilder treasure
23 October 2000 | by (TX, USA) – See all my reviews

Billy Wilder is remembered for "Some Like It Hot" but not this great Jack Lemmon/Shirley MacLaine comedy of a Paris cop falling in love with a prostitute. In many ways, it's funnier, and certainly risque. But tasteful and delightful overall.

Until recently, I had never seen this film in widescreen. But I loved this movie since I was 11 years old. It celebrates love and jealousy in ways that tickle. Moustache is the best reason to watch the film for his witty dialogue and comedic timing.

Fans of cameos should spot Bill Bixby and Grace Lee Whitney (Yeoman Janice Rand of Star Trek: TOS). I remember a time when I could tell you other things about this film, but that's another story!


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