My Friend Irma Goes West

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  • Approved
  • 1950
  • 1 hr 31 min
  • 6.0  (719)

My Friend Irma Goes West is a comedy film released in 1950, directed by Hal Walker and produced by Paramount Pictures. The film is a sequel to My Friend Irma, which was released the previous year, and features the same lead cast, including John Lund, Marie Wilson, and Diana Lynn. The plot revolves around Irma Peterson (Marie Wilson) and her roommate, Jane Stacy (Diana Lynn), who are both struggling to make ends meet in New York City. One day, they receive a letter from Irma's pen pal, Chick Hicks (John Lund), a Hollywood talent agent, who offers Irma a job in the movies. Excited at the opportunity, Irma convinces Jane to accompany her to California.

Upon their arrival in Hollywood, Irma is disappointed to find out that Chick is in debt and unable to help her get a movie role. Instead, they are given work as part of a show designed to promote a new line of health foods. Despite the initial disappointment, Irma and Jane soon find themselves caught up in the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, meeting celebrities and enjoying the high life.

The film's humor comes from the contrasting personalities of the two lead characters. Irma is portrayed as ditzy and naive, with a heart of gold, while Jane is more practical and level-headed, often having to pick up the pieces when Irma's schemes go awry. The chemistry between the two leads is a highlight of the film, with Marie Wilson and Diana Lynn delivering charming and funny performances.

The film is also notable for its celebrity cameos, including Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, who feature in a hilarious scene where they try to convince Irma to invest in a fake oil well. Other notable appearances include Lloyd Bridges, Don DeFore, and Corinne Calvet.

Throughout the film, there is a sense of innocence and whimsy that was characteristic of Hollywood comedies from the era. The film's humor is largely slapstick and physical, with a focus on silly gags and wordplay. However, there are also underlying themes of loyalty and friendship, which elevate the film above being mere fluff.

The film's setting in Hollywood also allows for some commentary on the movie industry itself. Chick Hicks, Irma's would-be agent, is portrayed as a somewhat sleazy figure who will do anything to make money. Meanwhile, the health food show that Irma and Jane become a part of is a thinly-veiled criticism of the diet fads that were popular at the time.

Overall, My Friend Irma Goes West is a charming comedy that will appeal to fans of classic Hollywood cinema. The film's light-hearted humor and spirited performances make it a fun and enjoyable watch, while its commentary on the movie industry and health fads of the time give it a touch of substance.

My Friend Irma Goes West is a 1950 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 31 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.0.

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    6.0  (719)