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Irma la Douce (1963)
First time's a charm
I've finally seen this movie on this date -- Dec. 28, 2005 -- and I can't believe what I've been missing all these years. Seeing this movie for the first time really is a charm.
Previous comments tell a lot about the movie itself. I'll comment about the acting, which really makes the movie.
Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine really have that film magic together. Lemmon shows traits of insecure hilarity that he would later show more strongly "The Odd Couple." But he gets to add to it when he portrays the alter-ego Lord X. As Lord X, Lemmon tries -- hilariously -- to become more English than David Niven, Alec Guinness and the queen herself.
MacLaine is the anchor of the show. As Irma, she is both sexy and hilarious at the same time. She offers lines that makes you think, "They let them say that in a 1964 movie?"
But the show-stealer is Lou Jacobi as Moustache, the bartender who isn't just all knowing, but seems to have done everything in his life. Sort of a previous-day Wilson from the TV show "Home Improvement" except much funnier. How he wasn't up for an Academy Award for best supporting actor, I have no idea.
The rest of the acting is also fantastic, and all that put together leads to a fantastic movie.