Irma la Douce
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Irma la Douce

147 min
Comedy | Romance
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Billy Wilder
Won Oscar. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations
Country: USA
Release Date: 1963-06-05
Filming Locations: Samuel Goldwyn Studios - 7200 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, California, USA
Budget: $5,000,000
Gross: $20,000,000 (USA) ( January 1970)
Jack Lemmon
Nestor Patou
Shirley MacLaine
Irma La Douce
Lou Jacobi
Bruce Yarnell
Herschel Bernardi
Insp. Lefevre
Hope Holiday
Joan Shawlee
Amazon Annie
Grace Lee Whitney
Kiki the Cossack
Paul Dubov
Howard McNear
Cliff Osmond
Police sergeant
Diki Lerner
Herb Jones
Casablanca Charlie
Ruth Earl
One of the Zebra Twins
Jane Earl
One of the Zebra Twins
Lou Krugman
Customer #1
Bill Bixby
Tattooed sailor
John Alvin
Customer #2
Susan Woods
Poule with balcony
Harriette Young
Mimi the MauMau
Sheryl Deauville
Billy Beck
Officer Dupont
Jack Sahakian
David Ahdar
Hood (uncredited)
Fred Aldrich
Diner Patron (uncredited)
Edward Astran
Diner Patron (uncredited)
Al Bain
Hood (uncredited)
Edgar Barrier
Gen. Lafayette (uncredited)
Ivan Bell
Butcher (uncredited)
Herman Belmonte
Hood (uncredited)
Eumenio Blanco
Diner Patron (uncredited)
James Caan
Soldier with Radio (uncredited)
Louise Colombet
Street Vendor (uncredited)
Don Diamond
Man with Samples (uncredited)
Duke Fishman
Street Vendor (uncredited)
Paul Frees
Trailer Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Ben Frommer
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Bobby Gilbert
Busted Patron in Raid (uncredited)
Mickey Golden
Diner Patron (uncredited)
Joe Gray
Bar Gangster (uncredited)
Jack Henderson
Convict (uncredited)
Chester Jones
Street Vendor (uncredited)
Louis Jourdan
Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Ethan Laidlaw
Butcher (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr
Diner Patron (uncredited)
William Meader
Busted Patron in Raid (uncredited)
Ralph Moratz
Pimp (uncredited)
Mike Morelli
Street Vendor (uncredited)
Noble "Kid" Chissell
Street Vendor (uncredited)
Doye O'Dell
Ticket Seller (uncredited)
Joe Palma
Prison Guard (uncredited)
Richard Peel
Englishman (uncredited)
Joe Ploski
Street Vendor (uncredited)
Bill Raisch
Man in Church (uncredited)
Waclaw Rekwart
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Stephen Soldi
Street Vendor (uncredited)
Harry Wilson
Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Did you know?
Had director Billy Wilder succeeded in getting the cast he wanted, Charles Laughton would have played barkeeper Moustache and Marilyn Monroe would have played streetwalker Irma. Years earlier Laughton and Monroe did appear on screen together in Full House (1952), with Monroe playing a streetwalker.
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The pimps' union is called the "Mec's' (tough guy's) Paris Protective Association" (MPPA), which also stands for "Motion Picture Producers Association", an organization which had given director Billy Wilder some trouble.
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The original Broadway production of "Irma La Douce", the musical version, opened at the Plymouth Theater on September 29, 1960, ran for 524 performances and was nominated for the 1961 Tony Award for the Best Musical. The only Tony won was for the performance of Elizabeth Seal in the title role. Keith Michell's role, played by Jack Lemmon in the film, was not that of a policeman but a law student. Clive Revill, who originated Lou Jacobi's part as the barkeep, earned a Tony nomination as well. All the Broadway songs by Marguerite Monnot were scrapped for the film, which was not presented as a musical at all. One song, the lush and romantic "Our Language of Love," did become the centerpiece and theme song for the film, whose score was composed by André Previn.
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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.
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During the film, one of the girls has her heart shaped glasses broken by an angry Irma, but during the wedding scene her glasses are intact.
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When Nestor and Irma first meet, Nestor says he received a medal for performing 'mouth to mouth respiration' on a drowning child. Of course, he means 'mouth to mouth resuscitation'.
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Moustache: To be overly honest in a dishonest world is like plucking a chicken against the wind... you'll only wind up with a mouth full of feathers.
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Moustache: It's a hard way to earn an easy living.
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Irma La Douce: I once used to know a specialist, used to send some of his patients to me. All they needed was a little push.
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How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Irma la Douce can be found here.
How do you translate "Douce"?
At the very beginning of the movie, it is explained that "Irma la Douce" is French for "Irma the Sweet".
Is there a real Lord X?
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