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My Friend Irma (1949)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 14 October 1949 (USA)
A scatterbrained Brooklynite and her wheeler-dealer fiancé interfere in her level-headed roommate's love life.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Al
... Jane Stacey
... Richard Rhinelander
... Irma Peterson
... Steve
... Seymour
... Prof. Kropotkin
... Mrs. Rhinelander
... Mr. Clyde
Gloria Gordon ... Mrs. O'Reilly
... Mr. Ubang (as Erno Verebes)
Margaret Field ... Alice
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Storyline

Based on the long-running radio show. Irma is a likeable airhead who meddles in her roommate's love-life. Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, in their first screen appearance, are juice-bar operators who are discovered when a self-proclaimed manager hears Martin's golden voice. Irma's roommate wants to marry her rich boss, but instead falls in love with Martin. Written by Sergei Scurfield

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14 October 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mi amiga Irma  »

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$6,160,000, 31 December 1949
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the popular radio program, Marie Wilson (Irma), Hans Conried (Prof. Kropotkin), and Gloria Gordon (Mrs. O'Reilly) reprise their radio roles. Conried replaced Felix Bressart, who was cast in the film but died during production. See more »

Goofs

When Irma (Marie Wilson) falls down the hole in the street in the first scene of the movie, a pair of hands can be seen catching her. See more »

Quotes

Seymour: And that's how Steve and I became pals. But he's too easygoing. He's not like me. Somebody does something I consider an offense, I don't take it. I fight back. I revolt.
Irma Peterson: Oh, Seymour that's a sign of character and I admire you for it. I like men who are offensive and revolting.
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Connections

Referenced in Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

My Friend Irma
(uncredited)
Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by a female vocalist over main titles and later by Dean Martin
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.....and introducing Martin & Lewis.
4 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

Solid if unspectacular movie that is of interest mainly for being the debut of Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis. As a beginning piece for the duos body of work it does set something of a standard, a kind of benchmark niche as it were, Martin sings and gets to woo the sexy lady whilst Jerry clowns around and gets the laughs, not that there are too many laughs to be had here because there isn't that many if one is honest. Yet the film still has a 40s charm with it's array of interesting characters that never stretch to annoying limits, performances are steady from all involved, and as a romantic comedy it is well worth a watch, and not least because it has a very interesting segment about who should be the bigger name of the two out of Masrtin & Lewis........now that one makes for quite a story some way down the line wink wink. 5/10 and worth a watch on its own merit for fans of cheeky charm 40s rom-coms, and of course for Martin/Lewis completists like me.


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