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The Seven Year Itch (1955)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  3 June 1955 (USA)
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When his family goes away for the summer, a so far faithful husband is tempted by a beautiful neighbor.

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With his family away for their annual summer holiday, New Yorker Richard Sherman decides he has the opportunity to live a bachelor's life - to eat and drink what he wants and basically to enjoy life without wife and son. The beautiful but ditsy blond from the apartment above his catches his eye and they soon start spending time together. It's all innocent though there is little doubt that Sherman is attracted to her. Any lust he may be feeling is played out in his own imagination however. Written by garykmcd

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It TICKLES and TANTALIZES! - The funniest comedy since laughter began!

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3 June 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La comezón del séptimo año  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)
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The New York movie theater showing Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) was really showing the Leslie Caron musical Lili (1953) at the time; the side of the theater visible to viewers had the 'Creature' title on the marquee (along with a standee of monster and maiden on top of it), but the front of the theater marque (not visible) was still listing 'Lili'. A photo of the theater will all "conflicting" marquees visible was tacked up in the Fox photo department for decades. See more »

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In the scene where Richard opens the door for The Girl, at the time she forgot her front door keys, he gets out of the apartment to talk to her and look at her going upstairs. When he gets out the lights are on, but when he come back after he hurt his neck, the lights are off. See more »

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Richard Sherman: There's gin and vermouth. That's a martini.
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Piano Concerto #2
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Funny Monroe but unfunny Ewell...Jack Lemmon would have been better...
26 August 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Whatever fun and spontaneity THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH has as a movie is due entirely to the lines and situations given to MARILYN MONROE. Only when she is on the screen, does the story go into full spin with double-entendre remarks and visual gags. Monroe is at her peachiest as the girl who's seemingly unaware of the raging hormones going on right under her nose by her neurotic neighbor.

As the neighbor, TOM EWELL is given entirely too much footage and becomes downright obnoxious and annoying with his monologues long before the finale. It's obvious that he lacked the chemistry for the part (a role he originated on stage), and someone like JACK LEMMON would have been a much better choice as the man downstairs.

For Monroe's fans, this is one of her best performances coming at a time when she was doing some great work at The Actor's Studio in NYC.

SONNY TUFTS and EVELYN KEYES have roles that don't amount to much and drift in and out of the story with very little effect. Billy Wilder's direction is hampered by his casting choice of Ewell to repeat his stage role with less than satisfying results.


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