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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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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  »

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$1,800,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Great Marilyn Doesn't Quite Save Off-Center Screwball Comedy
3 January 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

I've heard about this movie all my life, but actually just watched it for the first time on New Years Day 2003. I must say that I was quite disappointed. Billy WIlder is my all-time favorite director, and he does a great job bringing out MM's best. There are also five or six wildly funny scenes, but the silly, and sometimes ridiculous, Walter-Mitty-esque blurs of reality suffered by Tom Ewell's character throw this comedy completely off-balance. Ewell has the manic energy the plot calls for, and Donald McBride and Robert Strauss give great supporting turns. But Sonny Tufts is awful, and ultimately, even a sparkling gem of a performance by MM is weighed down by too much silliness.

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