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Irma la Douce ()


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In Paris, a former policeman falls in love with a prostitute, and tries to get her out of that life by paying for all of her time.

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Nestor Patou / Lord X
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Irma La Douce
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Moustache
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Hippolyte
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Inspector Lefevre
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Lolita
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Amazon Annie
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Kiki - the Cossack
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Andre
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Concierge
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Police Sergeant
Diki Lerner ...
Jojo
Herb Jones ...
Casablanca Charlie
Ruth Earl ...
One of the Zebra Twins
Jane Earl ...
One of the Zebra Twins
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Suzette Wong
Lou Krugman ...
Customer #1
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Customer from Texas
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Tattooed Sailor
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Customer #2
Susan Woods ...
Poule with Balcony
Harriette Young ...
Mimi the MauMau
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Carmen
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Officer Dupont
Jack Sahakian ...
Jack
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
David Ahdar ...
Hood (uncredited)
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Diner Patron (uncredited)
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Hood (uncredited)
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Gen. Lafayette (uncredited)
Ivan Bell ...
Butcher (uncredited)
Herman Belmonte ...
Hood (uncredited)
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Diner Patron (uncredited)
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Soldier with Radio (uncredited)
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Street Vendor (uncredited)
Louise Colombet ...
Street Vendor (uncredited)
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Man with Samples (uncredited)
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Street Vendor (uncredited)
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Trailer Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
Ben Frommer ...
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Bobby Gilbert ...
Busted Patron in Raid (uncredited)
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Convict (uncredited)
Mickey Golden ...
Diner Patron (uncredited)
Jack Gordon ...
Worker (uncredited)
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Bar Gangster (uncredited)
Maria Haro ...
Worker (uncredited)
Jack Henderson ...
Convict (uncredited)
Chester Jones ...
Street Vendor (uncredited)
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Narrator (uncredited) (voice)
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Butcher (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ...
Diner Patron (uncredited)
William Meader ...
Busted Patron in Raid (uncredited)
Ralph Moratz ...
Pimp (uncredited)
Mike Morelli ...
Street Vendor (uncredited)
Daniel Nunez ...
Convict (uncredited)
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Ticket Seller (uncredited)
Joe Palma ...
Prison Guard (uncredited)
Emma Palmese ...
Worker (uncredited)
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Englishman (uncredited)
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Street Vendor (uncredited)
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Man in Church (uncredited)
Waclaw Rekwart ...
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
June Smaney ...
Prostitute (uncredited)
Mabel Smaney ...
Cashier (uncredited)
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Street Vendor (uncredited)
Theresa Testa ...
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Bob Whitney ...
Diner Patron (uncredited)
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Wedding Guest (uncredited)
John Zimeas ...
Worker (uncredited)

Directed by

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Billy Wilder

Written by

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Alexandre Breffort ... (play)
 
Billy Wilder ... (writer) and
I.A.L. Diamond ... (writer)

Produced by

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Edward L. Alperson ... producer
I.A.L. Diamond ... associate producer
Doane Harrison ... associate producer
Billy Wilder ... producer
Alexandre Trauner ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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André Previn ... (as Andre Previn)

Cinematography by

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Joseph LaShelle ... (as Joseph La Shelle)

Film Editing by

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Daniel Mandell

Casting By

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Lynn Stalmaster ... (uncredited)

Art Direction by

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Alexandre Trauner ... (as Alexander Trauner)

Set Decoration by

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Maurice Barnathan
Edward G. Boyle

Costume Design by

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Orry-Kelly

Makeup Department

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Emile LaVigne ... makeup artist
George Masters ... hair stylist
Alice Monte ... hair stylist
Harry Ray ... makeup artist
Frank Westmore ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Allen K. Wood ... production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Hal W. Polaire ... assistant director (as Hal Polaire)
Christian Ferry ... first assistant director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Frank Agnone ... property master
Arden Cripe ... property master
Hub Braden ... scenic artist (uncredited)
Harold Michelson ... illustrator (uncredited)
David Thorne ... scenic artist (uncredited)

Sound Department

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Gilbert D. Marchant ... sound effects editor
Robert Martin ... sound

Special Effects by

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Milt Rice ... special effects (as Milton Rice)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Léo L. Fuchs ... still photographer (uncredited)
Jack Spicer ... best boy (uncredited)
Don Stott ... gaffer (uncredited)
Bob Young ... grip (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Irene Caine ... wardrobe
Wesley Jeffries ... wardrobe (as Wes Jefferies)
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Music Department

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Richard Carruth ... music editor
David Heneker ... lyrics
Julian More ... lyrics
Monty Norman ... lyrics
Alexander Courage ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Marshall J. Wolins ... script supervisor (as Marshall Wolins)
Christian Ferry ... technical advisor (uncredited)
Laure Lourié ... technical advisor (uncredited)
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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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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Taglines A story of passion, bloodshed, desire and death... everything, in fact, that makes life worth living See more »
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Also Known As
  • Das Mädchen Irma la Douce (Germany)
  • Irma la dulce (Spain)
  • Irma la dulce (Argentina)
  • Irma cea dulce (Romania)
  • Sladká Irma (Czechoslovakia)
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Runtime
  • 147 min
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Budget $5,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Film debut of James Caan. See more »
Goofs The shadow of the "boom" can be seen on the brown wall, at the right of the screen, just after Lemmon shows up in MacLaine's apartment, following his jailbreak. It shows up behind Bernardi, just after MacLaine's sarcasm that Lemmon could be found in jail. See more »
Movie Connections Alternate-language version of Irma la Douce (1972). See more »
Soundtracks Our Language of Love See more »
Quotes Moustache: Shows you the kind of world we live in. Love is illegal - but not hate. That you can do anywhere, anytime, to anybody. But if you want a little warmth, a little tenderness, a shoulder to cry on, a smile to cuddle up with, you have to hide in dark corners, like a criminal. Pfui.
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