My Friend Irma Goes West (1950) - Rotten Tomatoes

My Friend Irma Goes West (1950)

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In 1949, Paramount put together a film version of the radio series My Friend Irma. It was assumed that the main attraction would be scatter-brained Irma, delightfully played by Marie Wilson. Instead, the picture was stolen by a couple of young upstarts named Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. Accordingly, My Friend Irma Goes West concentrates almost exclusively on Martin and Lewis, with poor Marie Wilson virtually consigned to a supporting role in her own picture. The story begins when Irma and her friends head westward on the incorrect assumption that Steve Laird (Dean Martin) has landed a movie contract. During the train trip to California, Steve's goonish pal Seymour (Jerry Lewis) is entrusted with a pet monkey, owned by movie star Yvonne Yvonne (Corinne Calvet). There's a contretemps with gangsters and a kidnapping before a happy ending can be realized. Some critics found Jerry Lewis' moronic mugging to be tasteless; others were too busy laughing to be upset. Having proven their mettle with the two My Friend Irma flicks, Martin and Lewis were awarded with their own vehicle, At War With the Army.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Comedy , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts
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Paramount Pictures

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Cast

Marie Wilson
as Irma Peterson
Dean Martin
as Steve Laird
Diana Lynn
as Jane Stacey
Jerry Lewis
as Seymour
Corinne Calvet
as Yvonne Yvonne
Lloyd Corrigan
as Sharpie
Don Porter
as Mr. Brent
Charles Evans
as Mr. C.Y. Sanford
James Flavin
as Sheriff
David Clarke
as Deputy sheriff
Roy Gordon
as Jensen
Mike Mahoney
as Cigarette gag man
Al Ferguson
as News vendor
Paul Lees
as Unemployment clerk
Stan Johnson
as Reporter
Charles Dayton
as Reporter
Bob Johnson
as Redcap
Jasper Weldon
as Reporter
Ivan Browning
as Reporter
Julia Montoya
as Indian woman
Rose Higgins
as Indian Woman
Maxie Thrower
as Bartender
Chief Yowlachie
as Indian chief
Joe Hecht
as Vendor
Gil Herman
as Attendant
Gregg Palmer
as Attendant
Jimmie Dundee
as Deputy
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The first part was watchable because of Marie Wilson zany performance, unfortunately in 'My Friend Irma Goes West' overuses her to the point where it becomes tedious.

Matthew James
Matthew James
½

More of the same, in this sequel that feels hastily slapped together. Jerry gets a little more to do here, but is still very much on the sidelines. Some of the (mildly) racist humor rubbed me the wrong way.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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