Irma La Douce

Irma La Douce

Director: Billy Wilder Cast: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine, Lou Jacobi

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This romantic comedy opens with a resounding warning: its chief concerns are passion, bloodshed, desire, and death. "Everything," exclaims the narrator, "that makes life worth living." Irma La Douce (Shirley MacClaine) is Paris' most prosperous prostitute. Wise, endearing, and compulsively clad in green, Irma rules the rue Casanova. She triumphantly works the most coveted corner on a street where the cops gladly look the other way and the naughty johns leave tips. Her street is a content community of live and let live and good-natured desire, an Augean stable of human understanding. However, to upright Nester Patou (Jack Lemmon), the area's new policeman, genial wrongdoing is still wrongdoing. Freshly promoted from day patrol at a children's playground, the scrupulous Nestor arrests Irma and her colleagues in a bumbling, unauthorized raid. He takes pity on Irma, but harasses the guilty johns -- including the police captain. Promptly unemployed, Nester returns to the scene of his crime, the rue, and to Irma. After physically besting her pimp, Nester unwittingly takes his position. The two fall madly in love, but Nestor quickly grows jealous of Irma's patrons. Thus, he masquerades as a wealthy English aristocrat and becomes Irma's sole customer -- only to eventually grow violently jealous of himself. Soon enough, this formally righteous cop is comically jailed for his own brutal murder! As the film's prologue promises, Irma La Douce is a celebration of life from beginning to end -- unabashedly adoring lust, emotion, fervor and, above all, foolish love. ~ Aubry Anne D'Arminio

Product Details

Release Date: 07/17/2018
UPC: 0738329224189
Original Release: 1963
Rating: NR
Source: Kl Studio Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 2:23:00
Sales rank: 34,208

Special Features

Audio commentary by film historian Joseph McBride, author of How Did Lubitsch Do It?; Audio commentary by film historian Kat Ellinger; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jack Lemmon Nestor Patou/Lord X
Shirley MacLaine Irma La Douce
Lou Jacobi Moustache
Bruce Yarnell Hippolyte
Herschel Bernardi Inspector Lefevre
Sheryl Deauville Carmen
Hope Holiday Lolita
Joan Shawlee Amazon Annie
Grace Lee Whitney Kiki the Cossack
Paul Dubov Andre
Howard McNear Concierge
Cliff Osmond Police Sergeant
Diki Lerner Jojo
Herb Jones Casablanca Charlie
Tura Satana Suzette Wong
Lou Krugman First Customer
James Brown Texan Customer
Bill Bixby Tattooed Sailor
Harriet Young Mimi the Mau Mau
Billy Beck Officer Dupont
Edgar Barrier General Lafayette
Richard Peel Englishman
Joe Palma Prison Guard
James Caan Actor
Louis Jourdan Narrator
John Alvin Customer
Donald Diamond Man With Samples

Technical Credits
Billy Wilder Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Maurice Barnathan Set Decoration/Design
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
I.A.L. Diamond Associate Producer,Screenwriter
Wally Green Choreography
Doane Harrison Associate Producer
Joseph La Shelle Cinematographer
Emile LaVigne Makeup
Dan Mandell Editor
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Hal W. Polaire Asst. Director
André Previn Score Composer
Harry Ray Makeup
Milt Rice Special Effects
Alexandre Trauner Art Director
Frank Westmore Makeup

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