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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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The Riotous Gal of Radio...NOW FUNNIER on the SCREEN! 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
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Wallis-Hazen See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

French censorship visa # 9945. 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

Irma Peterson: Al, you're all out of breath. You shouldn't let yourself get that way because breath is good for you.
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Connections

Followed by My Friend Irma (1952) See more »

Soundtracks

Street Scene
(uncredited)
Music by Alfred Newman
Played during New York City prologue before main titles
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An Auspicious Debut for Dean and Jerry (But Also Strange)
3 August 2005 | by russellkishiSee all my reviews

This is a strange little comedy in which the appearances of Dean and Jerry almost seem an afterthought. "My Friend Irma" was already a successful radio comedy featuring the brilliant Marie Wilson. Marie played a hard core scatterbrain who had a knack for getting herself into and out of trouble. When it was decided to bring Irma to the big screen, I think Paramount decided to hedge their bets by including Dean and Jerry. This unlikely trio of comedians seems occasionally at odds struggling for whatever laughs might exist in this thin script. But there are some definite highlights for all of them, and the climax presents a bizarre commentary on how much the effects of consumerism had absorbed the American culture just a few years after World War II. The dippy Irma wins a radio contest by accident, and the last scene milks every last ounce of joke material out of the fact that she has been rewarded with a mountain of expensive presents.


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