My Friend Irma Goes West

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En route to Hollywood, singer Steve, his partner Seymour and fiancée Jane, Jane’s airheaded roommate Irma, and Irma’s con artist fiancé Al have a series of misadventures and end up involved with a murderous gang.

ACTORS :  John Lund, Marie Wilson, Diana Lynn, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis

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My Friend Irma Goes West  In this sequel film, all the characters remain the same; Al is still unemployed, Jane still has show-biz aspirations for boyfriend Steve; Steve and Seymour are still partners, and Irma is still Irma, which isn’t all that easy. Al gets Steve a singing job on television, which is seen by a Hollywood producer. He signs Steve to a long term movie contract, and all hands depart for Hollywood. But, alas, the producer turns out to be an escaped lunatic, and they end up in Las Vegas, where Irma manages to get kidnapped by gangsters, who are very unhappy with Irma.

It picks up right after the last film…almost.

My Friend Irma Goes West  This is a sequel to “My Friend Irma”, though oddly it doesn’t exactly pick up where it should. At the very end of the last film, Irma fell into a construction ditch on the way to the church to FINALLY marry Al. Now, when this second film begins, Al and Irma are still not married and there’s no explanation as to why.

This film picks up where it began so far as Al (Dean Martin) and his singing career are concerned. He’s still singing at small venues and even has a TV appearance–but it pays almost nothing. His problems seem over when a guy comes to the apartment and Jane (Diana Lynn) is able to negotiate a nice Hollywood contract. There’s only one problem—the ‘producer’ is really an escaped mental patient and Al and his friends have no idea they are heading west with no job waiting.

As a result, they find themselves stuck on the way there. They are lucky enough to meet the very hot-to-trot Ms. Yvonne Yvonne–a stereotypical French actress. She offers to have Steve sing in Vegas at nightclub and their financial difficulties are over…for now. But, as Yvonne Yvonne definitely has the hots for Steve, what is Jane to do–especially since she and Steve are engaged?! Later, Al falls in with some illegal gamblers (no big surprise) and goes to work for them. However, while working in their crooked casino, Al’s roulette table pays off big–but shouldn’t have since the table was supposedly rigged. So, the gangsters decide to make Al and Irma pay. Can they be rescued and can Steve and Jane work out their problems and find happiness? Tune in and see in this modestly diverting film. Oddly, however, the comedic elements (Irma and Seymour) are among the least entertaining aspects of this comedy.

By the way, one thing I loved about this movie and “My Friend Irma” is that Al has no last name. Even when the police question him, he only uses the name Al–as does Irma who refers to herself as the “future Ms. Al”. Cute.


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