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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).
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The Seven Year Itch -- Clip: Chopsticks

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Director:
Writers:
Billy Wilder (screenplay) &
George Axelrod (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
3 June 1955 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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:
sparkling but a bit confusing! 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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The classic shot of Marilyn Monroe's dress blowing up around her legs as she stands over a subway grating was originally shot on Manhattan's Lexington Avenue at 52nd St. on Sept. 15, 1954 at 1:00 a.m., and 5000 onlookers whistled and cheered through take after take as she repeatedly missed her lines. This occurred in the presence of an increasingly embarrassed and angry Joe DiMaggio, Monroe's husband at the time. The original footage shot on that night in New York never made it to the screen; the noise of the crowd had made it unusable. Billy Wilder re-staged the scene on the 20th Century-Fox lot, on a set replicating Lexington Avenue, and got a more satisfactory result. However, it took another 40 takes for Marilyn to achieve the famous scene.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The second time Richard trips over the roller-skate, it bends, but when he picks it up again, it appears unbent.See more »
Quotes:
[Reading the cover of his book]
Dr. Brubaker:"Of Sex and Violence"?
Richard Sherman:Well we had to spice up the title a little.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Legend of Marilyn Monroe (1966)See more »
Soundtrack:
ChopsticksSee more »

FAQ

What is the so-called 'iconic' image of Marilyn Monroe that's supposed to be in this movie?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
Just what is a 'seven year itch'?
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47 out of 76 people found the following review useful.
sparkling but a bit confusing!, 13 May 2004
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

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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