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My Friend Irma

My Friend Irma, created by writer-director-producer Cy Howard, was a top-rated, long-run radio situation comedy, so popular in the late 1940s that its success escalated to films, television, a comic strip and a comic book.

Dependable, level-headed Jane Stacy (Cathy Lewis, Diana Lynn) began each weekly radio program by narrating a misadventure of her innocent, bewildered roommate, Irma, a dim-bulb stenographer from Minnesota. The two central characters were in their mid-twenties. Irma had her 25th birthday in one episode; she was born on May 5. After the two met in the first episode, they lived together in an apartment rented from their Irish landlady, Mrs. O'Reilly (Jane Morgan, Gloria Gordon).

Irma's boyfriend Al (John Brown) was a deadbeat, barely on the right side of the law, who had not held a job in years. Only someone like Irma could love Al, whose nickname for Irma was "Chicken". Al had many crazy get-rich-quick schemes, which never worked. Al planned to marry Irma at some future date so she could support him. Professor Kropotkin (Hans Conried), the Russian violinist at the Princess Burlesque theater, lived upstairs. He greeted Jane and Irma with remarks like, "My two little bunnies with one being an Easter bunny and the other being Bugs Bunny." The Professor insulted Mrs. O'Reilly, complained about his room and reluctantly became O'Reilly's love interest in an effort to make her forget his back rent.

Irma worked for the lawyer, Mr. Clyde (Alan Reed). She had such an odd filing system that once when Clyde fired her, he had to hire her back again because he couldn't find anything. Useless at dictation, Irma mangled whatever Clyde dictated. Asked how long she had been with Clyde, Irma said, "When I first went to work with him he had curly black hair, then it got grey, and now it's snow white. I guess I've been with him about six months."

Irma became less bright as the program evolved. She also developed an annoying tendency to whine or cry whenever something went wrong, which was at least once every show. Jane had a romantic inclination for her boss, millionaire Richard Rhinelander (Leif Erickson), but he had no real interest in her.

Episode Title [Total of: 63]CategoryRating
1 - My Friend Irma - Acute Love Sickness Ep.56
Episode date: 1948-5-3
Comedy
2 - My Friend Irma - Al Is Selling Youth Restorer
Episode date: N/A
Comedy
3 - My Friend Irma - Arrested Canary
Episode date: N/A
Comedy
4 - My Friend Irma - Aunt Harriet To Visit Ep.59
Episode date: 1948-5-24
Comedy
5 - My Friend Irma - Billy Boy, the Boxer Ep.44
Episode date: 1948-2-9
Comedy
6 - My Friend Irma - Birthday Date With An Older Man
Episode date: N/A
Comedy
7 - My Friend Irma - Bon Voyage Ep.57
Episode date: 1948-5-10
Comedy
8 - My Friend Irma - Buy or Sell Ep.49
Episode date: 1948-3-15
Comedy
9 - My Friend Irma - Cathy Decides to Quit Her Job Ep.222
Episode date: 1952-2-17
Comedy
10 - My Friend Irma - Cub Scout Speech Ep.217
Episode date: 1952-1-13
Comedy

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