During a high profile Mafia testimony case in California's Riverside County, a hired killer checks-in a hotel room near the courthouse while his next door depressed neighbor wants to commit suicide due to marital problems.
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
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The original Broadway production of "Irma La Douce", the musical version, opened at the Plymouth Theater on September 29, 1960, ran for 524 performances and was nominated for the 1961 Tony Award for the Best Musical. The only Tony won was for the performance of Elizabeth Seal in the title role. Keith Michell's role, played by Jack Lemmon in the film, was not that of a policeman but a law student. Clive Revill, who originated Lou Jacobi's part as the barkeep, earned a Tony nomination as well. All the Broadway songs by Marguerite Monnot were scrapped for the film, which was not presented as a musical at all. One song, the lush and romantic "Our Language of Love," did become the centerpiece and theme song for the film, whose score was composed by André Previn. See more »
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 »
Irma La Douce:
You oughta be ashamed of yourself, scaring a poor little dog like that.
They oughta take that dog away from you, you're not a fit mother.
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Lemmon is in top form as an ex-cop who falls in love with a prostitute, played exquisitly by Maclaine. Nonstop fun for all audiences with a script by Diamond and the direction of the always flawless Wilder. Based on a mid 60's musical, but the music is taken out here and is still done up with style and flavor. Lou Jacobi co-stars.
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