My Friend Irma 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.
My Friend Irma Just rewatched this film which marked the debut of the comedy team of Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis on YouTube. They’re shoehorned almost awkwardly into it since this movie was based on a popular radio sitcom about a young woman named Jane Stacy (Diana Lynn) who’s trying to snag a rich guy named Rhinelander (Don DeFore) by working as his secretary and having to deal with her scatterbrained roommate Irma Peterson (Marie Wilson) and her con artist boyfriend Al (John Lund). Martin & Lewis are a couple of orange juice stand employees named Steve and Seymour who’s discovered by Irma and Al as Steve sings a little something there. Despite many contrivances, the way Jane and Irma seem to fit certain stereotypes of women at the time, and the fact that Irma cries constantly whenever she realizes when it’s her fault, this was quite funny especially whenever Lewis is on screen. And Martin shows just how appealing a crooner he was though I’m sure even then some thought he was just a Bing Crosby imitator. The cast as a whole manages to make the somewhat slight material go down easy. In fact, one of my favorite lines comes from a bit player named Hans Conried who says of Irma and Jane, “One with her head in the air and the other with air in her head.” So on that note, My Friend Irma is worth a look for comedy fans especially that of Dean & Jerry.