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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 »

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(screen play), (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:
... Irene O'Dare
... Don Marshall
... Mr. Smith
... Bob Vincent
... Granny O'Dare
... Mrs. Vincent
... Bretherton
... Eleanor Worth
... Jane
... Lillian
Stuart Robertson ... Freddie
... Princess Minetti
... Michael
... Mrs. Newlands Grey
Roxanne Barkley ... Helen
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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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3 May 1940 (USA)  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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| (color sequence) (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was previously produced as a silent film, Irene (1926) with Colleen Moore in the title role. 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 »

Connections

Version of Irene (1926) See more »

Soundtracks

Alice Blue Gown
(1940) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Harry Tierney and Joseph McCarthy
Played at the charity ball and sung by Anna Neagle
Played during a show and sung by Martha Tilton
Sung by The Dandridge Sisters in a skit at the show
Danced by Hattie Noel and The Radio City Rockettes (as The Rockettes) in a skit at the show
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Surprised by an exceptional beauty
18 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

Watching this delightful movie I was captivated by the beautiful Anna Neagle. While watching the early part of the movie and appreciating more and more the beauty of Miss Neagle, and the beautiful dresses she was modeling, I wished that this was a movie that they would convert to Technicolor. Lo and behold suddenly the movie becomes Technicolor and the vivid red hair and Alice blue gown come alive. Her graceful movements in the dancing and modeling are memorable. I have seen some comments that her dancing was not first class but I do not recall a more alluring dance than her solo dance on the patio near the movie's end. Unfortunately at this time the movie has reverted to black and white but this detracts little from the beautiful Anna. Of course the music is dated but this movie taken as a whole is a musical comedy classic.


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