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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.

Director:

George Marshall

Writers:

Cy Howard (screenplay), Parke Levy (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Lund ... Al
Diana Lynn ... Jane Stacey
Don DeFore ... Richard Rhinelander
Marie Wilson ... Irma Peterson
Dean Martin ... Steve
Jerry Lewis ... Seymour
Hans Conried ... Prof. Kropotkin
Kathryn Givney ... Mrs. Rhinelander
Percy Helton ... Mr. Clyde
Gloria Gordon Gloria Gordon ... Mrs. O'Reilly
Ernö Verebes ... Mr. Ubang (as Erno Verebes)
Margaret Field 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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From Radio's Comedy Show! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mi amiga Irma See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$6,160,000, 31 December 1949
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wallis-Hazen See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Alfred Newman's ubiquitous theme "Street Scene", closely associated with every New York-themed film produced at Fox during his tenure as musical director at that studio, turns up in the opening of this film and its sequel, My Friend Irma Goes West (1950). 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 My Three Sons: My Friend Ernie (1963) See more »

Soundtracks

Street Scene
(uncredited)
Music by Alfred Newman
Played during New York City prologue before main titles
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Martin & Lewis is the reason My Friend Irma is still in circulation today
16 August 2011 | by tavmSee all my reviews

Just rewatched this film which marked the debut of the comedy team of Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis on YouTube. They're shoehorned almost awkwardly into it since this movie was based on a popular radio sitcom about a young woman named Jane Stacy (Diana Lynn) who's trying to snag a rich guy named Rhinelander (Don DeFore) by working as his secretary and having to deal with her scatterbrained roommate Irma Peterson (Marie Wilson) and her con artist boyfriend Al (John Lund). Martin & Lewis are a couple of orange juice stand employees named Steve and Seymour who's discovered by Irma and Al as Steve sings a little something there. Despite many contrivances, the way Jane and Irma seem to fit certain stereotypes of women at the time, and the fact that Irma cries constantly whenever she realizes when it's her fault, this was quite funny especially whenever Lewis is on screen. And Martin shows just how appealing a crooner he was though I'm sure even then some thought he was just a Bing Crosby imitator. The cast as a whole manages to make the somewhat slight material go down easy. In fact, one of my favorite lines comes from a bit player named Hans Conried who says of Irma and Jane, "One with her head in the air and the other with air in her head." So on that note, My Friend Irma is worth a look for comedy fans especially that of Dean & Jerry.


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