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Director:
Writers:
Billy Wilder (screenplay) &
George Axelrod (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
3 June 1955 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
It TICKLES and TANTALIZES! - The funniest comedy since laughter began!
Plot:
When his family goes away for the summer, a so far faithful husband is tempted by a beautiful neighbor. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Classic comedy by the great Billy Wilder with funny scenes , clever acting and amusement See more (117 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Marilyn Monroe ... The Girl

Tom Ewell ... Richard Sherman (as Tommy Ewell)

Evelyn Keyes ... Helen Sherman

Sonny Tufts ... Tom MacKenzie

Robert Strauss ... Mr. Kruhulik
Oskar Homolka ... Dr. Brubaker (as Oscar Homolka)
Marguerite Chapman ... Miss Morris
Victor Moore ... Plumber
Dolores Rosedale ... Elaine (as Roxanne)
Donald MacBride ... Mr. Brady

Carolyn Jones ... Miss Finch
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Steven Benson ... Kid at Train Station (uncredited)
Butch Bernard ... Ricky Sherman (uncredited)
Dorothy Ford ... Indian Girl / Tall Beauty at Train Station (uncredited)

Kathleen Freeman ... Woman at Vegetarian Restaurant (uncredited)
Ralph Littlefield ... Man at Vegetarian Restaurant (uncredited)
Doro Merande ... Waitress at Vegetarian Restaurant (uncredited)

Ron Nyman ... Indian (uncredited)
Ralph Sanford ... Train Station Gateman (uncredited)
Mary Young ... Woman in Train Station (uncredited)

Directed by
Billy Wilder 
 
Writing credits
Billy Wilder (screenplay) &
George Axelrod (screenplay)

George Axelrod (based upon an original play: "The Seven Year Itch")

Produced by
Charles K. Feldman .... producer
Doane Harrison .... associate producer
Billy Wilder .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Milton R. Krasner (director of photography) (as Milton Krasner)
 
Film Editing by
Hugh S. Fowler (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
George W. Davis 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Stuart A. Reiss (set decorations)
Walter M. Scott (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Travilla (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Helen Turpin .... hair stylist
Gladys Rasmussen .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist: Miss Monroe (uncredited)
Gladys Witten .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
A.F. Erickson .... unit manager (uncredited)
Saul Wurtzel .... unit production manager: New York (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joseph E. Rickards .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Jack Stubbs .... props (uncredited)
Tom Volpe .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
E. Clayton Ward .... sound
Louis Hesse .... sound editor (uncredited)
Ray Raymond .... sound editor (uncredited)
Dolph Rudeen .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Kellogg .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Walter Engels .... grip (uncredited)
Sam Shaw .... still photographer (uncredited)
Felix Trimboli .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director
Sam Benson .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Ann Landers .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Leonard Doss .... color consultant
Lyman Hallowell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Orven Schanzer .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator
Cyril J. Mockridge .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Saul Bass .... titles designed by
Courtney Burr .... presented on the stage by
Joe Coudert .... still photgrapher
Elliott Nugent .... presented on the stage by
S. Charles Einfeld .... publicist (uncredited)
Gloria Jones .... stand-in: Marilyn Monroe (uncredited)
Stephen Papich .... dance coach: Tommy Ewell (uncredited)
Tom Pryor .... auditor (uncredited)
Marshall Schlom .... script clerk (uncredited)
Saul Wurtzel .... subway effects (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
105 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:16 (original rating) | Argentina:Atp (re-rating) (2002) | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:AA (Ontario) (1980s) | Canada:PG (video rating) | Canada:PG (Ontario) (video rating) (1998) | Chile:18 | Chile:Y7 (re-rating) (2001) | Colombia:12 | Finland:S (1996) | Finland:K-16 (1956) | France:U | France:-12 (original rating) | Mexico:B (original rating) | Mexico:A (video re-rating) | Peru:18 (original rating) | Peru:PT (re-rating) (2001) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (2006) | Spain:T | Spain:18 (original rating) | UK:PG | UK:A (original rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #17230) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Unrated (video rating) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
Marilyn Monroe's lifelong bouts with depression and self-destruction took their toll during filming; she frequently muffed scenes and forgot her lines, leading to sometimes as many as 40 takes of a scene before a satisfactory result was produced.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): Both Richard and his boss, who are in the book publishing industry, refer to "The Portrait of Dorian Gray". The title of the Oscar Wilde novel is "The Picture of Dorian Gray".See more »
Quotes:
The Girl:I posed for this picture and when it was published in U.S. Camera, they got all upset... It was one of these 'artistic' pictures... it was on the beach with some driftwood. It got Honorable Mention... It was called Textures, because you could see three different kinds of texture: the driftwood, the sand and me. I got $25 dollars an hour, and it took hours and hours. You'd be surprised.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Shrek 2 (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Piano Concerto #2See more »

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Classic comedy by the great Billy Wilder with funny scenes , clever acting and amusement, 2 May 2013
Author: ma-cortes from Santander Spain

Legendary comedy masterpiece from filmmaker Billy Wilder and screenwriter George Axelrod that won various Golden Globe nominations . It packs a top-drawer duo protagonist , Marylyn Monroe and Tom Ewell , and a splendid secondary cast formed by a variety of notorious actors who make sympathetic interpretations . When his family , wife (Evelyn Keyes) and son , goes away for the summer, a so far faithful husband (Tom Ewell) is tempted by a beautiful neighbor (Marilyn Monroe) , a blonde model who moves upstairs . Understandably he gets itchy . Soon , the known but abortive relationship with his blond neighbor and his wolfish dreams coming to nothing in the face of her ingeniousness and his own ineptitude .

Rightly enjoyable and fun-filled , milestone comedy which neatly combines humor , mirth , entertaining situations and amusement . This noisy comedy is intelligently and pleasingly written to gives us lots of fun , laughters and smiles . This is the funniest comedy since laughter began , it is mordantly funny and todays considered a real classic movie . Billy Wilder kept the studio Twentieth Century Fox happy , the picture consistently made money and was hit at box office . Flawless comedy with a duo of sensational protagonists , including an unforgettable Marilyn who parades sexily at her best and more relaxed and enticing than ever , she tickles and tantalizes . Adding , of course , the funniest sequences of all being those in which Monroe's blown skirt and those in which Tom Ewell dreams as the great lover .Despite being one of the most iconic images in pop culture history, as well as one of the most recognizable photographs of Marilyn Monroe, the famous full-length image of Monroe standing with her dress being blown up never actually appears in the film ; the shot used in the film is only of her legs, cut with reaction shots, and never shown full-length. The hit of the show is undoubtedly for the fetching Marilyn Monroe who gives one of the best screen acting . Magnificent performance from Tom Ewell as an angst-ridden forty-years-old husband left alone while his spouse go off on holiday . 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 . Furthermore , an attractive support cast giving appealing interpretations such as Robert Strauss , Oscar Homolka , Carolyn Jones , Sonny Tuffs and Evelyn Keyes .

This sexy motion picture was very well directed by Billy Wilder who includes several punchlines . Billy was one of the best directors of history . In 1939 started the partnership with Charles Bracket on such movies as ¨Ninotchka¨ , ¨Ball of fire¨ , making their film debut as such with ¨Major and the minor¨ . ¨Sunset Boulevard¨ was their last picture together before they split up . Later on , Billy collaborated with another excellent screenwriter IAL Diamond . Both of them won an Academy Award for ¨Stalag 17¨ dealing with a POW camp starred by William Holden . After that , they wrote/produced/directed such classics as ¨Ace in the hole¨ , the touching romantic comedy ¨Sabrina¨ , the Hickcoktian courtroom puzzle game ¨Witness for the prosecution¨ and two movies with the great star Marilyn Monroe , the warmth ¨Seven year itch¨ and this ¨Some like hot¨. All of them include screenplays that sizzle with wit . But their biggest success and highpoint resulted to be the sour and fun ¨¨The apartment¨. Subsequently in the 60s and 70s , the duo fell headlong into the pit , they realized nice though unsuccessful movies as ¨Buddy buddy¨ ,¨Fedora¨ , ¨Front page¨ and ¨Secret life of Sherlock Holmes¨, though the agreeable ¨Avanti¨ slowed the decline . The team had almost disappeared beneath a wave of bad reviews and failures . ¨The seven year itch¨ rating : Above average , essential and indispensable watching ; extremely funny and riveting film and completely entertaining . It justly deserves its place among the best comedy ever made . One of the very funniest films of all time and to see and see again . It's the kind of movie where you know what's coming but , because the treatment , enjoy it all the same .

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