Hard working, honest and good-hearted policeman Nestor encounters a stunning, quirky but lovable and sweet natured prostitute by the name of Irma La Douce (Shirley MacLaine, a vision in bright green stockings!) while on the beat in the back streets of Paris.
Trying to arrest and imprison Irma and many of the other call-girls in the district leads him to unfortunately being fired. Weeks later he encounters the beautiful Irma again and in his bumbling drunk way manages to defend her against her abusive pimp-boyfriend.
Ironically, the heroic act influences Irma to take the homeless and unemployed Nestor in, with the full intention of supporting him with the money she makes from making love with other men. Unexpectedly, Nestor ends up falling madly in love with Irma, and wants to be the only man she will ever be with.
In a radical attempt to keep Irma off the streets, he concocts a crazy scheme which he is sure is foolproof - until it has to be put into action. Soon, he finds himself going to extreme lengths to keep the woman he loves all to himself.
Despite the serious themes of sex and prostitution, the movie is nothing more than a light uplifting romantic comedy, and the undertones of sex and prostitution (while in your face) are still so innocent that even the easily offended could watch this without feeling upset. This movie is very subtle and enjoyable and isn't too thought provoking.
A classic that really gave Lemmon and MacLaine the chance to shine together again. Definately a must for romantic-comedy fans!