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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
Tom Ewell won the 1953 Tony Award for Actor in a Drama for "The Seven Year Itch" in the role of Richard Sherman, which he reprised in this film. See more »
Both Richard and his boss, who are in the book publishing industry, refer to "The Portrait of Dorian Gray". The correct title of the Oscar Wilde novel is actually "The Picture of Dorian Gray". See more »
[Richard exhales after a long drag on a forbidden cigarette]
All those lovely, injurious tars and resins.
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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 »
Magic on the screen: Monroe fights the New York heat and gives pleasure to Ewell
In the 'fifties Hollywood created its biggest, best-loved and most powerful sex symbol of allMarilyn Monroe
Marilyn's appeal was, perhaps, in her weakness, in that revealing look of innocence and confidence, in her intense desire to be loved
The 'seven year itch' points out the instinctive desire to be disloyal after seven years of matrimony, with a longing to satisfy one's sexual needs
This amusing film was adapted from a Broadway play of the same name by George Axelrod, with Tom Ewell reprising his Broadway role, walking, worrying, and sweating
Tom and Evelyn Kayes have been married for seven years While he remains in Manhattan on business, Evelyn and their son Ricky (Butch Bernard) go off to Maine to escape the sweltering summer
The apartment upstairs has been rented to a television blonde model (Marilyn Monroe). When she forgot her front door key, she had to ring Ewell's bell to let her into the building
When Marilyn accidentally knocks a tomato plant onto Tom's terrace, the happily man invites the luscious young beauty downstairs for a drink, indulging in fantasies about taking her in his arms and kissing her 'very quickly and very hard'
Marilyn comes in, explaining that she feels safe with married men... He makes a clumsy pass while they are at the piano but both fall off the seat He stammers an apology, but she pretends it is nothing
When Marilyn returns to her apartment, Tom envisions his wife having an affair in Maine with their big neighbor, Tom McKenzie (Sonny Tufts) Then he sees himself lost between foolish fantasies of seduction, and terrible ideas of his wife capturing him in action Finally he decides to put an end to his visions and asks Marilyn out to a movie...
On their way home, they stop on a subway
As the trains go by underneath, Marilyn's skirts billow up
It is so hot in the city she presumably loves the rush of air on her thighs
Marilyn plays the scene in innocent delight And Billy Wilder's shot shows a strapping blonde with a white skirt blown out like a spinnaker above her waist
For this famous shot alone, the movie is a must see
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