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Irma la Douce (1963)

In Paris, a former policeman falls in love with a prostitute, and tries to get her out of that life by paying for all of her time.

Director:

Billy Wilder
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lemmon ... Nestor Patou / Lord X
Shirley MacLaine ... Irma La Douce
Lou Jacobi ... Moustache
Bruce Yarnell ... Hippolyte
Herschel Bernardi ... Inspector Lefevre
Hope Holiday ... Lolita
Joan Shawlee ... Amazon Annie
Grace Lee Whitney ... Kiki - the Cossack
Paul Dubov Paul Dubov ... Andre
Howard McNear ... Concierge
Cliff Osmond ... Police Sergeant
Diki Lerner Diki Lerner ... Jojo
Herb Jones Herb Jones ... Casablanca Charlie
Ruth Earl Ruth Earl ... One of the Zebra Twins
Jane Earl Jane Earl ... One of the Zebra Twins
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Storyline

Naive, by the book French police officer Nester Patou, is transferred to the Red Light district. Upon witnessing what must be a brothel, he calls the station and organizes a raid, transporting all the 'ladies' to the jail. This unfortunately disrupts the well organized system of the police and the Pimps union. Not to mention inadvertently netting his station superior at the brothel. Fired, he goes to a bar to drink, is befriended by Irma, beats up her pimp, and finds he is now Irma's new pimp. Nester's doesn't like the thought of his girl seeing other men, so comes up with a plan. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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A story of passion, bloodshed, desire and death... everything, in fact, that makes life worth living See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

18 | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 January 1964 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Irma la dulce See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$25,246,588
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Laughton was writer/director Billy Wilder's first choice to play Moustache. Laughton, who had given an Oscar-nominated lead performance under Wilder's direction in Witness for the Prosecution (1957), agreed to play the role, but died before principal photography commenced. See more »

Goofs

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'. See more »

Quotes

Irma La Douce: This is not just a job, it's a profession.
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Connections

References The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Our Language of Love
Music by Marguerite Monnot
French lyrics by Alexandre Breffort
English lyrics by Julian More, David Heneker and Monty Norman
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Irma La Douce
14 May 1999 | by Coxer99See all my reviews

Lemmon is in top form as an ex-cop who falls in love with a prostitute, played exquisitly by Maclaine. Nonstop fun for all audiences with a script by Diamond and the direction of the always flawless Wilder. Based on a mid 60's musical, but the music is taken out here and is still done up with style and flavor. Lou Jacobi co-stars.


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