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Irene (1940 film)

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Director  Herbert Wilcox
Screenplay  Alice Duer Miller
Country  United States
6.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Musical, Romance
Language  English
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Release date  May 3, 1940
Writer  Alice Duer Miller (screen play), James Montgomery (from the musical comedy by: "Irene " book by)
Music director  Harry Tierney, Anthony Collins
Cast  Anna Neagle (Irene O'Dare), Ray Milland (Donald 'Don' Marshall), Roland Young (Mr. Smith), Alan Marshal (Robert 'Bob' Vincent), May Robson (Granny O'Dare), Billie Burke (Mrs. Herman Vincent)
Similar movies  Birdman, Pitch Perfect 2, Frozen, Grease, Aladdin, Cinderella
Tagline  Siren Irene... You'll Love Her On The Screen... A Miss In Distress Or Gay Adventuress?

Irene (1940) is an American musical film produced and directed by Herbert Wilcox. The screenplay by Alice Duer Miller is based on the book of the 1919 stage musical of the same name by James Montgomery, who had adapted it from his play Irene O'Dare. The score features songs with music by Harry Tierney and lyrics by Joseph McCarthy.


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Upholsterer's assistant Irene O'Dare meets wealthy Don Marshall while she is measuring chairs for Mrs. Herman Vincent at her Long Island estate. Charmed by the young girl, Don anonymously purchases Madame Lucy's, an exclusive Manhattan boutique, and instructs newly hired manager Mr. Smith to offer Irene a job as a model. She soon catches the eye of socialite Bob Vincent, whose mother is hosting a ball at the family mansion. In order to promote Madame Lucy's dress line, Mr. Smith arranges for his models to be invited to the soiree.

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Irene accidentally ruins the gown she was given to wear and substitutes a quaint blue dress belonging to her mother, and it creates a sensation. Irene is mistaken for the niece of Ireland's Lady O'Dare and, in order to publicize his collection, Mr. Smith decides to exploit the error and moves Irene into a Park Avenue apartment. Dressed in furs and draped with diamonds while escorted around town by Bob, Irene's appearance prompts gossip columnist Biffy Webster to suggest she is a kept woman. Outraged, Irene demands Madame Lucy protect her reputation by revealing the truth, only to discover Don is the owner of the shop.

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Irene agrees to marry Bob, but on the night before the wedding, Bob confesses he still loves former sweetheart Eleanor Worth, and Irene realizes she loves Don. The couple decides to make things right by reuniting with their rightful partners.


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  • Anna Neagle as Irene O'Dare
  • Ray Milland as Donald ″Don″ Marshall
  • Roland Young as Mr. Smith
  • Alan Marshal as Bob Vincent
  • May Robson as Granny O'Dare
  • Billie Burke as Mrs. Herman Vincent
  • Arthur Treacher as Bretherton
  • Marsha Hunt as Miss Eleanor Worth
  • Isabel Jewell as Jane McGee
  • Juliette Compton as Emily Newlands Grey
  • Nella Walker as Mrs. Marshall, Dons′ mom
  • Louis Jean Heydt as ″Biffy″ Webster, columnist
  • Production

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    For nearly two decades following its original 1919 production at the Vanderbilt Theatre, Irene — with a total run of 675 performances — held the record for the longest-running show in Broadway theatre history. In addition to the 1926 silent film version, the musical also was adapted for a June 1936 Lux Radio Theatre production starring Jeanette MacDonald and Regis Toomey.

    The film was shot in black and white with the exception of the sequence set at Mrs. Vincent's society ball, featuring the musical number "Alice Blue Gown," which was filmed in Technicolor. The scene is replayed as an installment of Rex Gordon's Moviebone News, a spoof of the Movietone News shorts that were popular at the time. Also seen in the pseudo-news segment are the Dandridge Sisters. Making cameo appearances in the film are Johnny Long and His Orchestra and The Rockettes. This version downplays the "Madame Lucy" character, with the other versions of Irene presenting "Lucy" as actually a very campy gay man.

    Song list

    1. "Castle of Dreams"
    2. "You've Got Me Out on a Limb"
    3. "Alice Blue Gown"
    4. "Irene"
    5. "Worthy of You"
    6. "Something in the Air"
    7. "Sweet Vermosa Brown"


    The film made a profit of $367,000.


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