History Franchise / MyFriendIrma

17th Jan '16 4:39:57 AM tenryufan
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* BillingDisplacement: A strange and rather depressing example. The franchise was absolutely ''huge'' in it's day but the two feature films are only really recalled and because Creator/DeanMartin and Creator/JerryLewis got their big break in them. They were popular when the films came out too, but back then Marie Wilson was very much the star. The DVD of the films (released as a dual set) are shamelessly packaged around Martin and Lewis with the back cover blurb not only giving the (misleading) impression that they play the stars but only mentioning Irma herself in passing, and none of the other characters/actors at all even though Diana Lynn's Jane is arguably ''the'' POV character.
21st Sep '15 11:36:42 AM WillBGood
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Incidentally, this got a ShoutOut by Creator/AnnaRussell in her "The Ring of the Nibelungs (An Analysis)".
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27th Sep '14 6:12:58 AM RossN
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The series began life as a radio sitcom in 1947. Irma Peterson (played by Marie Wilson in the radio series and all life action appearances), a clueless but pretty and sweet hearted stenographer tried to survive life in New York with the help of her best friend and roomate, BrainyBrunette Jane (played by Cathy Lewis on radio and Diana Lynn in the movies). Together the duo got into various misadventures with their respective boyfriends Al and Richard. Each episode was introduced by Jane narrating about whatever disaster Irma had gotten herself/herself and Jane/everyone into this week.

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The series began life as a radio sitcom in 1947. Irma Peterson (played by Marie Wilson in the radio series and all life live action appearances), a clueless but pretty and sweet hearted stenographer tried to survive life in New York with the help of her best friend and roomate, BrainyBrunette Jane (played by Cathy Lewis on radio and Diana Lynn in the movies). Together the duo got into various misadventures with their respective boyfriends Al and Richard. Each episode was introduced by Jane narrating about whatever disaster Irma had gotten herself/herself and Jane/everyone into this week.
27th Sep '14 6:11:22 AM RossN
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* OfficialFanSubmittedContent: With the comic adaptation fans were encouraged to submit their own ideas for Irma's dresses.
27th Sep '14 6:10:31 AM RossN
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* FollowTheLeader: ''My Friend Irma'' inspired a lot of copycats especially in the comics. Perhaps most notable was ''My Girl Pearl'' published my Marvel and written by Stan Lee which was more or less a renamed and slightly tweaked continuation of his ''Irma'' comics.

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* FollowTheLeader: ''My Friend Irma'' inspired a lot of copycats especially in the comics. Perhaps most notable was ''My Girl Pearl'' published my Marvel and written by Stan Lee which was more or less a renamed and slightly tweaked continuation of his ''Irma'' comics.comics with 'Pearl' essentially a teen version of Irma.
* OfficialFanSubmittedContent: With the comic adaptation fans were encouraged to submit their own ideas for Irma's dresses.
5th Aug '14 8:22:26 AM RossN
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''My Friend Irma'' may be the most famous franchise most people have never heard of. It was one of the biggest hits of the Golden Age of Radio, was one of the earliest television hits, released two feature films that introduced Creator/DeanMartin and Creator/JerryLewis to moviegoers and produced a successful comic book that was written by Creator/StanLee and drawn by [[Franchise/{{Archie}} Dan DeCarlo]]. Perhaps most lastingly it was the TropeCodifier for the image of the [[BrainlessBeauty beautiful but empty headed]] [[DumbBlonde blonde]].

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''My Friend Irma'' may be the most famous franchise [[DeaderThanDisco most people have never heard of.of]]. It was one of the biggest hits of the Golden Age of Radio, was one of the earliest television hits, released two feature films that introduced Creator/DeanMartin and Creator/JerryLewis to moviegoers and produced a successful comic book that was written by Creator/StanLee and drawn by [[Franchise/{{Archie}} Dan DeCarlo]]. Perhaps most lastingly it was the TropeCodifier for the image of the [[BrainlessBeauty beautiful but empty headed]] [[DumbBlonde blonde]].
7th May '14 5:57:03 PM RossN
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The show was a huge success thanks especially to Marie Wilson, who's natural charm and comic timing turned the potentionally irritating Irma into a lovable airhead. Spin-offs quickly followed with Wilson's real life good looks making the character viable on the big and small screen, first appearing in a film (''My Friend Irma'') in 1949 followed by 'My Friend Irma Goes West'' in 1950. Marvel Comics introduced a comic book based on the series in 1950 and the same year a NewspaperComic started appearing. The radio and television series both ran until 1954 while the comic book ran until 1955.

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The show was a huge success thanks especially to Marie Wilson, who's natural charm and comic timing turned the potentionally irritating Irma into a lovable airhead. Spin-offs quickly followed with Wilson's real life good looks making the character viable on the big and small screen, first appearing in a film (''My Friend Irma'') in 1949 followed by 'My ''My Friend Irma Goes West'' in 1950. Marvel Comics introduced a comic book based on the series in 1950 and the same year a NewspaperComic started appearing. The radio and television series both ran until 1954 while the comic book ran until 1955.
21st Apr '14 2:18:57 PM RossN
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* DumbIsGood: Airhead though she is Irma is very much a sweetheart.
21st Apr '14 3:46:03 AM RossN
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* TheOtherDarrin: Diana Lynn replaced Cathy Lewis as Jane in the films. There was also a near miss: Professor Kropotkin was played by Hans Conried on radio. He was meant to be replaced by Felix Bressart but he died during filming so Conried played Kropotkin on screen too.
21st Apr '14 3:42:19 AM RossN
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[[caption-width-right:301:L to R: Cathy Lewis ([[BrainyBrunette Jane Stacy]]) and Marie Wilson ([[DumbBlonde Irma Peterson]])]]
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