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The Seven Year Itch -- When his family goes away for the summer, a so far faithful husband is tempted by a beautiful neighbor (Marilyn Monroe).
The Seven Year Itch -- Clip: Steam Vent
The Seven Year Itch -- Clip: Chopsticks
The Seven Year Itch -- Richard (Tom Ewell) meets his new neighbor (Marilyn Monroe).
The Seven Year Itch -- Richard (Tom Ewell) has a lunch that might be too healthy and a waitress too willing to share her ideas. The paddle was left by his son who is spending the summer by the lake with his mother.

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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 »
NewsDesk:
(150 articles)
User Reviews:
Naive and Innocent in the Present Days, Tested the Limit of Censorship in the 50's See more (116 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)
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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)
 
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:
Billy Wilder preferred shooting in black-and-white, but Marilyn Monroe's contract with Fox called for all of her films to be shot in color.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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:
Referenced in "Stevie TV: Episode #2.3" (2013)See more »
Soundtrack:
Piano Concerto #2See more »

FAQ

What is 'The Seven Year Itch' about?
Just what is a 'seven year itch'?
How does the movie end?
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23 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Naive and Innocent in the Present Days, Tested the Limit of Censorship in the 50's, 23 October 2006
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In summertime in Manhattan, the plain and average Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell) sends his wife and son for vacation in the country. Sherman is the key man of a publishing firm, Brady & Company, which publishes cheap pocket books. The faithful Sherman has a routine life with his family and dreams on being successful with women. When a beautiful and sexy blonde lodges the upstairs apartment of his small building, Sherman first opens the front door for her and then he invites her to have a drink with him after the fall of her tomato vase on his chair on the backyard. Along the days, he spends some time with the girl and feels tempted by her, but later he misses his family and travels to meet them.

"The Seven Year Itch" is a naive and innocent romantic comedy in accordance with the contemporary moral standards, but actually this feature tested the limits of censorship in a time when Hollywood was ruled by a rigid moral code. The story is based on a George Axelrod popular 1952 Broadway play about a man that has an affair with his upstairs neighbor. Unfortunately in the 50's, the American cinema did not have the same artistic freedom as theater. The screenplays and movies were submitted to the scrutiny of the powerful Hayes office, the censorship of Hollywood. There was a Production Code in Hollywood that stated that adultery should not be the subject of comedy or laughs, and this story violated the Code. Billy Wilder was fascinated by this story and purchased the rights of George Axelrod. However, to make the movie was a challenge for this great director, since many scenes and lines were ripped away by the censorship and by the National Legion of Decency, mutilating the plot.

Marilyn Monroe was selected to the cast, but Billy Wilder wanted a plain, average and non-handsome actor for the role of Sherman. His first choice was Walter Matthaus, but Fox direction did not want to take the risk of an unknown lead actor, therefore they selected Tom Ewell. The most famous scene of Marilyn Monroe, with her dress being lifted by the air of the subway, was first an exterior scene, but later Billy Wilder needed to shot again in the set because the noise and whistles of the viewers spoiled the original footage. This external scene also provoked the end of the marriage of Marilyn with Joe Dimaggio, who felt humiliated with the manifestation of the public.

One dialog that I particularly like is when Sherman and the blonde leave the movie theater and she says that the creature needed to be loved, in an analogy between Sherman and the creature of the black lagoon. The restored DVD is fantastic and this is the most sexually suggested role of Marilyn Monroe to date. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "O Pecado Mora ao Lado" ("The Sin Lives on the Next Door")

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