Irma la Douce (1963)

Unrated  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  5 June 1963 (USA)
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In Paris, an ex-cop falls in love with a prostitute, and tries to get her out of that life by paying for all of her time. Not so easy...


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nestor Patou / Lord X
Lou Jacobi ...
Bruce Yarnell ...
Herschel Bernardi ...
Hope Holiday ...
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 <>

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YOU COULDN'T ASK FOR FRIENDLIER FEMALES OR A FUNNIER PICTURE! (original print ad - all caps) 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?


Several cars that traverse the streets of the set. A Renault Dauphine, A Citroen 2CV and at least one, possibly two Peugeot Sedans. At the end of the movie there are two Dauphines painted as police cars, too. 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 »


Moustache: But that's another story...
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Referenced in The Cosby Show: Cliff la Dolce (1989) See more »


Our Language of Love
Music by Marguerite Monnot
Original French lyrics by Alexandre Breffort
English lyrics by Julian More, David Heneker and Monty Norman
Theme song played several times in the background of André Previn 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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