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Irene (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 3 May 1940 (USA)
Sent by her employers on an errand to the home of the wealthy Mrs. Vincent, Irene O'Dare meets Don, a friend of Bob, Mrs. Vincent's son. Attracted to Irene, Don decides to invest some money... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert Wilcox

Writers:

Alice Duer Miller (screen play), James Montgomery (from the musical comedy by: "Irene " book by) (as James H. Montgomery)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Anna Neagle ... Irene O'Dare
Ray Milland ... Don Marshall
Roland Young ... Mr. Smith
Alan Marshal ... Bob Vincent
May Robson ... Granny O'Dare
Billie Burke ... Mrs. Vincent
Arthur Treacher ... Bretherton
Marsha Hunt ... Eleanor Worth
Isabel Jewell ... Jane
Doris Nolan ... Lillian
Stuart Robertson Stuart Robertson ... Freddie
Ethel Griffies ... Princess Minetti
Tommy Kelly ... Michael
Juliette Compton ... Mrs. Newlands Grey
Roxanne Barkley Roxanne Barkley ... Helen
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Storyline

Sent by her employers on an errand to the home of the wealthy Mrs. Vincent, Irene O'Dare meets Don, a friend of Bob, Mrs. Vincent's son. Attracted to Irene, Don decides to invest some money in Bob's latest venture, the "Madame Lucy" dress shop, in order to give Irene a job there as a model. She is very successful and Bob also becomes attracted to her. Smith, the manager assigns Irene and other models to display gowns at Mrs. Vincent's charity ball, but Irene ruins the gown she was to wear, and appears instead in a quaint blue dress that had belonged to her mother... and it is a big hit. A guest, Princess Minetti, places her as the niece of Ireland's Lady O'Dare, and Irene does not deny the relationship. Smith decides to set her up in a Park Avenue suite as the niece of Lady O'Dare, so that she can attend socially important gatherings wearing and displaying, of course, Madame Lucy gowns. A jealous model tells the truth to a newspaper columnist who writes an expose, which somewhat ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Siren Irene... You'll Love Her On The Screen... A Miss In Distress Or Gay Adventuress?


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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Irène See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Color:

Black and White | Color (color sequence) (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The opening credit song "Castle of Dreams", is being played on the Mallard's jukebox just prior to and during the fight scene in "Stallion Road". See more »

Goofs

There is an overhead boom mic visible in the scene in the restaurant when the three women are at the table. See more »

Quotes

Donald 'Don' Marshall: I understand discretion is your middle name.
Bretherton, the Butler: Mr. Marshall, if butlers told all they knew, society would be a shambles.
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Crazy Credits

The credits are presented by marionette figures of Anna Neagle and Ray Milland. See more »

Alternate Versions

The "Alice Blue Gown" sequence was filmed in color, but on most TV prints, it is shown in black-and-white. See more »

Connections

Version of Irene (1926) See more »

Soundtracks

Something in the Air
(1940) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Harry Tierney and Joseph McCarthy
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Anna Neagle & Ray Milland in Enjoyable RKO musical
30 July 2004 | by KalamanSee all my reviews

"Irene" is very entrancing screen version of Joseph Tierney and Harry McCarthy's 1919 stage musical, glossily directed and produced by Herbert Wilcox. I happened to catch it the other night, and I loved it. I was entranced by the charm of the actors -- and the songs, while not first-rate, are quite pleasing. Anna Neagle stars as whimsical Irish sales girl Irene O'Dare who is introduced into Long Island's high society culture, and becomes infatuated with two suitors, Ray Milland and Alan Marshall. Billie Burke plays their mother who becomes impressed with Irene, turns her into a celebrity sensation in "Madame Lucy" dress collection. May Robson is very memorable as the irrepressible Granny; so is Roland Young as Milland's partner in business. The highlight is the sumptuous ball sequence shot in Technicolor, "Alice Blue Gown", where Irene, dressed in blue, is waltzing with Milland in a very tuneful number. The other songs include, "You've Got Me Out on a Limb", "There's Something in the Air", "Worthy of You", and "Irene". Enjoyable stuff.


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