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The Seven Year Itch (1955)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 29 July 1955 (UK)
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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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29 July 1955 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

La comezón del séptimo año  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Amazingly, Marilyn Monroe's very narrow spike heels don't get stuck or break in the subway grating that she stands on it in the movie's most famous scene, although this was a universal problem, at the time, for the countless women wearing that very popular style heel in New York City in that era. See more »

Goofs

When Sherman gets his finger stuck in the champagne bottle it appears 1/4 full. After he gets his finger out and the girl pours a glass it is about 3/4 full. See more »

Quotes

Helen Sherman: [in Richard's fantasy] Lately you've begun to imagine in Cinemascope... with stereophonic sound.
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When the title appears, one arm of the T in ITCH reaches down and scratches the stem of the letter. See more »

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Piano Concerto #2
(1900-01) (uncredited)
Composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff
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sparkling but a bit confusing!
13 May 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The film succeeds mainly because of Marilyn Monroe's obvious charisma and appeal - she really shines in this as the dizzy, curvy blonde upstairs. Tom Ewell has been married seven years and has seen his wife and son away for the summer - he determines not to smoke, not to drink, and not to chase women. The moment Monroe wiggles up those stairs all that goes out of the window and he starts fantasising about the new arrival.

There are a lot of funny situations and you're never quite sure what it in Ewell's head and what is real (well, I wasn't anyway). I love the scene where they are playing Chopsticks and of course, that old chestnut the 2nd Rach concerto rears its head! Victor Moore plays a doddery plumber and Oscar Homolka a shrink who advises Ewell not to consider anything as drastic as murder until he can get simple problems sorted out, while Evelyn Keyes makes the most of her few appearances as Ewell's wife (or is she his conscience?!).

The film is fun, the famous skirt and grid scene is now legendary (but quite unlike the often-seen poster shot), and there is much in this bouncy production after nearly fifty years to entertain pretty much anyone.


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