Irma la Douce Overview:

Irma la Douce (1963) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by Billy Wilder and produced by Billy Wilder, Edward L. Alperson, I.A.L. Diamond, Doane Harrison and Alexandre Trauner.

SYNOPSIS

Wilder took away the music from the Broadway production, but left the heart. It's all MacLaine's show as the happy-go-lucky hooker who snares gendarme Lemmon's heart when he cleans out a red-light district bordello. Adult comedy with Wilder's bawdy sensibility.

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Academy Awards 1963 --- Ceremony Number 36 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActressShirley MacLaineNominated
Best CinematographyJoseph LaShelleNominated
Best Music - ScoringAndre PrevinWon
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Billy Wilder's Irma la Douce

By Rick29 on May 20, 2019 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Irma and her dog Coquette. After ill-advisedly arresting eighteen Parisian prostitutes, the well-meaning Nestor Patou (Jack Lemmon) is fired from his job as a policeman. He takes an interest in one of the streetwalkers, Irma la Douce (Shirley MacLaine), and defends her honor when her "manager" star... Read full article


Irma la Douce (1963)

By L? on Jun 22, 2014 From Critica Retro

Irma la Douce (1963) Amado por quase todos os f?s de cinema que t?m bom gosto, Billy Wilder foi um diretor de grandes obras e grandes parcerias. Minha parceria favorita ? a de Wilder com Jack Lemmon, que rendeu com?dias inesquec?veis. Talvez “Irma la Douce” seja a mais esquecida d... Read full article


Irma la Douce (1963)

By L? on Jun 22, 2014 From Critica Retro

Irma la Douce (1963) Amado por quase todos os f?s de cinema que t?m bom gosto, Billy Wilder foi um diretor de grandes obras e grandes parcerias. Minha parceria favorita ? a de Wilder com Jack Lemmon, que rendeu com?dias inesquec?veis. Talvez “Irma la Douce” seja a mais esquecida d... Read full article


Irma la Douce (1963)

By L? on Nov 30, -0001 From Critica Retro

Irma la Douce (1963) Amado por quase todos os f?s de cinema que t?m bom gosto, Billy Wilder foi um diretor de grandes obras e grandes parcerias. Minha parceria favorita ? a de Wilder com Jack Lemmon, que rendeu com?dias inesquec?veis. Talvez “Irma la Douce” seja a mais esquecida d... Read full article


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Quotes from

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


Irma La Douce: Who wants to be a stray dog? You got to belong to someone, even if he kicks you once in a while.


Irma La Douce: A painter once lived here. Poor guy, he was starving. Tried everything, even cut his ear off.
Nestor Patou: Van Gogh?
Irma La Douce: No, I think his name was Schwartz.


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Facts about

Charles Laughton was director-writer Billy Wilder's first choice to play the character of Moustache in Irma la Douce (1963). Laughton, who had given an Oscar-nominated lead performance under Wilder's direction in Witness for the Prosecution, agreed to play the role, but died before principal photography commenced.
Jack Lemmon married actress Felicia Farr in Paris during this 1962 shoot.
Several cars that traverse the streets of the set. A Renault Dauphine, A Citroen 2CV and at least one, possibly two Peugeot Sedans. At the end of the movie there are two Dauphines painted as police cars, too.
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