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Writers:
Billy Wilder (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
29 July 1955 (UK) 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 »
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A Fabulously Funny, Fast-Paced Sex Farce From The Fifties...It's "Just Elegant!" See more (130 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)

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)
Tom Nolan ... Ricky Sherman (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)
Felix Trimboli .... camera operator: second unit (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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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 | Australia:A (original rating) | 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:TE+7 (re-rating) (2001) | Colombia:12 | Finland:S (1996) | Finland:K-16 (1956) | France:Tous publics | France:12 (original rating) | Mexico:B (original rating) | Mexico:A (video re-rating) | Netherlands:AL | Peru:18 (original rating) | Peru:Apt (re-rating) (2001) | Singapore:PG | South Korea:15 (2006) | Spain:T | Spain:18 (original rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video) | USA:Approved (PCA #17230) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | USA:Unrated (video rating) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Saul Bass created the opening animated title sequence for the film, his only title sequence for a Billy Wilder movie.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:[in Richard's fantasy] It shakes me! It quakes me! It makes me feel goose-pimply all over!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Rottweiler (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Piano Concerto #2See more »

FAQ

Just what is a 'seven year itch'?
What is 'The Seven Year Itch' about?
What is the so-called 'iconic' image of Marilyn Monroe that's supposed to be in this movie?
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47 out of 70 people found the following review useful.
A Fabulously Funny, Fast-Paced Sex Farce From The Fifties...It's "Just Elegant!", 15 July 1999
Author: Allison Dragotto (palal16@aol.com) from ilion, New York

The 1955 comedy, "The Seven Year Itch," directed by Billy Wilder, is one of the most amusing sex farces ever filmed. Starring Tom Ewell and Marilyn Monroe, and based on George Axelrod's play, the film takes a humorous look at the problems of a typical middle-aged married man. Tom Ewell, and unassuming leading man with a flair and talent for comedy, is perfectly cast in this movie. Ewell plays the part of Richard Sherman, an average middled-aged man of the 50's...office worker, city inhabitant, with a loving wife and one son. He is left alone in the city for the entire summer while his family vacations in Maine. All is well until Mr. Sherman meets the beautiful blonde who rents the apartment above his for the summer. They soon get to know each other and become friends over champagne, potato chips, and a Rachmaninoff record. Their friendship causes Mr. Sherman to worry that his wife will find out about his relationship with the blonde bombshell. With his overactive imagination, Mr. Sherman dreams up numerous situations concerning this young woman, as well as his wife. Although his imagination causes Mr. Sherman much worry, it provides many of the film's most memorable and enjoyable scenes. Of course, the film is famous for the scene of Monroe standing over the subway grate, which has always been a classic movie scene. Monroe, although unnamed in the film, gives one of her best screen performances, which is "just elegant," as she says throughout the movie. She displays a talent for comedy as well as beauty, which should not be overlooked. Ewell's portrayal of Richard Sherman is delightful, hilarious, and perfect. His facial expressions and comedic timing contribute to the film's enjoyability. Along with these stars, the supporting cast is excellent as well. It includes such character actors as Robert Strauss (Mr. Kruhulik, the janitor), and Donald MacBride (Mr. Brady, Richard Sherman's boss). "The Seven Year Itch" is one of the ultimate 50's pop culture films. And since it was filmed in Cinemascope, it would be perfect to see on the big screen. Any fan of Monroe, Wilder, old movies, or 50's culture would enjoy this movie; I strongly recommend it. The comedy, timing, acting, and direction are flawless...and they all help to make "The Seven Year Itch" "just elegant!"

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