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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?


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 May 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Irène See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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

About twenty-five minutes of this film are in color, from the moment that Irene (Anna Neagle) enters the ballroom dressed in her blue gown, up through the moment when she returns home and sings the song "Alice Blue Gown". See more »

Goofs

There is an overhead boom mic visible in the scene in the restaurant when the 3 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

Castle of Dreams
(1940) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Harry Tierney and Joseph McCarthy
Played and sung during opening credits
Played and sung at a nightclub by an unidentifed group
Played as part of the score throughout
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Anna Neagle is a delight in this movie, & a lovely dancer...
17 March 2005 | by ciocio-2See all my reviews

OK--must confess that I have not seen the entire movie; only saw the last 40 minutes or so, and look forward to getting to see the whole thing soon (which is why I didn't vote yet, though what I saw of it would rate an eight or nine). It is one of those sweet, charming (without cloying--it has some wit to it) movies RKO did so well (Ginger Rogers' 5th AVENUE GIRL is another I recently saw--thank goodness for Turner Classic Movies).

Towards the end of this movie, Ray Milland's character discovers Anna Neagle's Irene dancing by herself, lost in thought and emotion. He and we watch, unperceived by Irene, and the dance was an unexpected delight. While the choreography could have used more variation (certain moves are repeated too much, and some of them have her shoulders up more than is ideal), Anna N. proves herself a graceful, expressive dancer; I hope to see more of her dancing, if it exists in films. The beginning of the dance also uses subtle slow-motion to good effect, which it occurred to me I haven't seen often, if at all, in musicals from this era. I wonder why that wasn't used more, as it would seem to be a relatively easy effect to employ. Anyway, I recommend IRENE, and look forward to taking my own recommendation to see the rest of it soon.


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