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Irma la Douce is a 1956 French stage musical whose book and lyrics were written by Alexandre Breffort with music by Marguerite Monnot. 1956 was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The art of singing and dancing in a prepared fictional play has been a time-honored tradition ranging to the early days of civilization. ... Marguerite Monnot (1903 - 1961) was a French songwriter and composer best known for having written many of the songs performed by Edith Piaf and for the music in the stage musical Irma la Douce. External link The allmusic Biography of Marguerite Monnot Categories: Substubs | Musical theatre composers ...

An English language version, with the new book and lyrics provided by Julian More, David Heneker and Monty Norman, opened in London's West End in July 1958. The English version uses a few colloquial French expressions, including some of the Parisian underworld slang of the original, making an exotic and entertaining feature of it, as in the titles of songs, "Le Grisbi is le Root of le Evil in Man" (grisbi is old slang word for money, also present in the 1954 Jean Gabin movie title Touchez pas au grisbi) and "Dis-Donc", and employs a narrator to guide the audience through the linguistics. // West End theatre is a popular term for mainstream professional theatre in London, or sometimes more specifically for shows staged in the large theatres of Londons Theatreland . Along with New Yorks Broadway Theatre, West End theatre is usually considered to represent the highest level of theatre in the... Argot is primarily slang used by various groups, including but not limited to thieves and other criminals, to prevent outsiders from understanding their conversations. ... 1954 was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Jean Gabin (May 17, 1904 – November 15, 1976) was a major French actor and war hero. ... The Narrator is the entity within a story that tells the story to the reader. ...

The musical tells the story of an impoverished law student, Nestor le FripĂ©, who falls in love with a prostitute, Irma la Douce, and becomes her protector and dependant. Through jealousy of her clients he disguises himself as a rich older man who visits and pays Irma for conversation and becomes her only client. Nestor becomes exhausted with working hard enough to make enough money for Irma to support him and decides that the only way out of his mess is to destroy his alter ego. When the older man disappears, Nestor is convicted of murder and sent to Devil's Island but he escapes and returns to Irma when he hears that she is pregnant. He manages to prove his innocence of murder by briefly assuming his disguise once more and all ends well. Devils Island (French ÃŽle du Diable), is an island located off the coast of French Guiana. ...

The London production starred Elizabeth Seal in the title role, Keith Michell as Nestor and Clive Revill as Bob-le-Hotu, the narrator, and ran for 1512 performances. Clive Selsby Revill (born April 30, 1930) is an experienced screen veteran who appeared in eighty-six films and whose experience ranged from theatrical blockbusters to stage classics. ...

The show transferred to Broadway in September 1960 with the same three lead actors, winning Elizabeth Seal the 1961 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical, and ran for 524 performances. Broadway theatre is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award® (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater. ...

It was adapted by Billy Wilder and I.A.L. Diamond into a 1963 comedy film directed by Wilder and featuring Jack Lemmon as Nestor, Shirley MacLaine as Irma, Lou Jacobi and Grace Lee Whitney. The story was altered to make Nestor a naive policeman who unwittingly becomes a pimp only after being fired from his job when he raids a house of prostitution and finds his superior there. Billy Wilder (June 22, 1906–March 27, 2002) had a career as a screenwriter, film director and producer that spanned more than 50 years and more than 60 films. ... I.A.L. Diamond (27 June 1920 - 21 April 1988) was a comedy writer in Hollywood during the 1940 and 50s. ... 1963 was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Jack Lemmon Jack Uhler Lemmon III (February 8, 1925 – June 27, 2001) was a consummate Hollywood actor. ... Shirley MacLaine, born Shirley MacLean Beaty (born April 24, 1934 in Richmond, Virginia), is an American actress, well-known not only for her acting but for her devotion to her belief in reincarnation. ... Lou Jacobi born December 28, 1913 in Toronto, Canada is a character actor. ... Grace Lee Whitney greets a fan at a Star Trek convention (circa 1978). ...

Though the film is not a musical, it won AndrĂ© Previn an Academy Award for Original Music Score. There is also a scene in the film in which Shirley MacLaine exclaims "Dis-donc!" whilst dancing on a table and which appears to be a deliberate tribute to the musical from which the film is derived. André Previn (born April 6, 1930)¹ is a prominent pianist, orchestral conductor, and composer. ... From Rule Sixteen of the Special Rules for The Music Awards Original Score: An original score is a substantial body of music in the form of dramatic underscoring written specifically for the film by the submitting composer. ...

The film was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Shirley MacLaine) and Best Cinematography, Color. The Academy Award for Best Actress is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... The Academy Award for Best Cinematography is awarded each year to a cinematographer for his work in one particular motion picture. ...

Irma la Douce was remade for French television in 1972. 1972 was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ...

External link

  • Original movie poster

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Stomp Tokyo Review - Irma La Douce (1963) (1077 words)
Irma La Douce, like Pretty Woman, is a movie about a prostitute who falls in love with a "respectable" man. Likewise, the respectable man falls in love with her, despite her occupation.
Irma, as previously mentioned, is a hooker who works a particular street in the Paris red light district.
Irma is a perfect role for MacLaine: saucy, wisecracking, and with a morality of her own.
Amazon.co.uk: Irma La Douce [1963]: DVD: Jack Lemmon,Shirley MacLaine,Lou Jacobi,Bruce Yarnell,Herschel Bernardi,Hope ... (788 words)
Irma La Douce reunited The Apartment team of Jack Lemmon and Shirley MacLaine with director Billy Wilder in an adaptation of the stage musical of the same name which had been a hit in Paris, London and New York.
Background here is a complimentary term, for whatever qualms one might entertain as to this move, the two sets of themes are skilfully woven together by Previn and emerge as a witty and lyrical aural delight in their own right which is given due prominence on the soundtrack.
Wilder is no rush to tell prostitute Irma's story: her affair with Lemmon being the pivot of the tale as he takes on the disguise of an English Lord.
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