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The Seven Year Itch (1955)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Richard Sherman (as Tommy Ewell)
Oskar Homolka ...
Dr. Brubaker (as Oscar Homolka)
Victor Moore ...
Dolores Rosedale ...
Elaine (as Roxanne)
Donald MacBride ...
Miss Finch


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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Release Date:

3 June 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La comezón del séptimo año  »

Box Office


$1,800,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


George Cukor was the original choice to direct the film. He turned down the project and eventually Billy Wilder, whose contract with Paramount ended in 1954 (his last film with that studio was Sabrina (1954)), took it. See more »


When Richard sets the coffee pot on the stove and turns on the gas, there is no flame, yet the pot is percolating when he returns to the kitchen minutes later. See more »


The Girl: When it gets hot like this, you know what I do? I keep my undies in the icebox!
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Crazy Credits

When the title appears, one arm of the T in ITCH reaches down and scratches the stem of the letter. See more »


Referenced in Diva (1981) See more »


(1877) (uncredited)
Music by Euphemia Allen
Performed by Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell
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Marilyn in another Classic Comedy? I think that's just elegant!
6 May 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a decent comedy and I enjoyed it on the whole. I'll be honest and say and the only real reason and I took an interested in the film and watched it is Marilyn Monroe. I've been trying to watch as many as her films as possible lately, ever since a study of Photography at college found me researching the icon of the silver screen. The good news is for me is that there was plenty of Marilyn to enjoy in this classic comedy. I was pleased to find that she is supported by a good cast and a very funny script, and the film on the whole is a real winner. There were several laugh out loud moments for me, and considering my young age and the fact this is a film from the 1950's I would say that's something pretty impressive. For me, though, the reason the film was great has to be Ms. Monroe. She is just simply stunning and elegant in this movie (A word her character very much likes to use!). She really captures the audiences heart as "The Girl" and it's not hard to see why Tom Ewell's character fell for her obvious charms - she is just a sheer delight in the film.

A sequence which I found totally hilarious was that in which Ewell's character imagines a variety of heated liaisons with various women in his life - all of them supposedly throwing themselves at him. The way in which he and the "women" deliver the lines - in a classic dead-pan fashion had me almost crying with laughter. Really hilarious stuff. And that's not even mentioning the glorious skirt-over-subway scene. This is a film to watch and fall in love with. You'll really enjoy it if you like Marilyn, you want to laugh, you're looking for a warm movie to just relax to and you're interested in cinema history and classic Hollywood. A great film for so many people - rent it and enjoy!

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