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This is the movie responsible for the photo of Marilyn Monroe with her
being lifted up by the blast from an air vent. I think this is a
photo - at any event I didn't see famous image anywhere in the air vent
scene of the movie. But the photo sums things up pretty well. This film
about Marilyn Monroe being sexy. Actually, it's about Tom Ewell being
tortured to the brink of insanity by Marilyn Monroe being sexy, but such a
detail need not concern us here. I wasn't really looking at Tom
The comedy is weak and the plot is weak. Tom Ewell's character is certainly weak (in both senses: weak-willed and weakly delineated). Billy Wilder's sharp and witty treatment is there, but - well - weak. Ah, who cares. The situation has all of the tension Wilder thinks it has, and the film still has its charm. This is so even if one is immune to the charms of Marilyn Monroe - which is to say, not a heterosexual male.
The Seven Year Itch is a fantastic movie with a very clever story line
and an extremely talented cast.Marilyn Monroe is fantastic in this
movie,her performance is brilliant,and,like always she is beautiful.If
anyone ever wondered where the famous picture of her dress blowing in
the air comes from,this is the movie.The script to the movie is very
unusual,I was expecting it to be a simple fifties movie,but it wasn't,a
lot of dialogue between the characters is strange,and Richard should
probably be put into a mental hospital.Fans of Marilyn Monroe and
classic movies from this era of film will definitely enjoy The Seven
Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell) makes an effort to dedicate his life to his business while his wife is away for the summer with their son,but an attractive new neighbor distracts him from doing what he promised.
Marilyn Monroe was a force of nature so great that Betty Grable her
predecessor as Queen of the 20th Century Fox Lot claimed that MM saved
the movie industry in the 50's when fans were switching to TV. I am not
sure all about that but I do know that MM was incomparable as a
comedienne. This is Ms. Monroe's first of two films with Billy Wilder
and the great Director in an interview with Cameron Crowe noted that
Wilder wanted Walter Matthau then a new Broadway star to co star with
Double M but 20th insisted on Tom Ewell. One can only imagine Marilyn
Monroe and Walter Matthau together! This is a great movie made greater
by two greats Marilyn Mornoe and Billy Wilder.
All the comments about Marylin Monroe for this film miss the point--the whole film is about Tom Ewell's character's wild imaginations and absurd twists colored by his constant immersion in his job in the field of dime pulp novels. If this movie moves at all, it's because of Ewell's performance as the husband who has been completely domesticated except for his uncontrollable imagination. Monroe's 'characteristics' drive some of the plot, but Ewell's fantasies are getting out of control before she even enters the film. It's a wonderful peek into that largely unspoken-of psyche of the American family man.
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 .
Probably the best known scene with Marilyn Monroe is part of this movie. The
white dress lifted by the wind from a metro-tunnel and hold down by Marilyn
is reason enough to see this movie. Monroe is not a great actress but seeing
just has to make you smile. She is charming and pretty funny as well. Tom
Ewell is great as well as the guy with the seven year itch (a desire for
other women after seven years of marriage) and the way he does the scenes
with Monroe is just great.
'The Seven Year Itch' is directed by great director Billy Wilder so you know you will not waste your time. A nice little classic that will give you a good time.
What a pity they haven't made comedies like this in decades. "The Seven Year Itch" is a breathtaking movie - truly a timeless comedy masterpiece that has enraptured several generations after its release. Script is superb and very enjoyable - like it always is in legendary Billy Wilder's films. And what's the most famous and well-known image of Marilyn Monroe you can possibly think of? No doubt the most common answer would be the scene where Marilyn is standing over the air-condition grating and breeze lifts up her skirt. That classic moment comes from this classic movie. Monroe is just brilliant in "The Seven Year Itch" - this might just be her best performance ever. She's so charming, lovely and absolutely beautiful blond I was swept off my feet by her splendor. Her innocent simplicity makes her soooo cute. One of my favorite lines is the one she states that she has "no imagination, but she has lots of other things". I have to admit that Tom Ewell is quite marvelous too - his chemistry between Marilyn is something highly entertaining to follow. Watch fabulous "The Seven Year Itch" to realize two facts: Marilyn Monroe is definitely one of the greatest if not the greatest actress ever and legendary Billy Wilder is most likely the finest comedy director of the Hollywood's golden days. 9 out of 10.
This movie definitely hasn't managed to escape its stage origins: the few characters, the limited sets and the talky nature of the script result in a rather static comedy. The story is slim, too, and can barely sustain the film's 103 minutes. However, the lively performances, the often witty dialogue (the gimmick of having the main character talk constantly to himself is annoying at first but then you adjust to it) and, of course, Monroe's stunning beauty somehow make you overlook the film's flaws. Good-natured, glossy and highly enjoyable.
The seven year itch is an unforgettable legendary masterpiece. It's
humorous, witty and extremely sophisticated, also very much delightful.
Monroe gives a great Aurora of sex appeal. The amazing and powerful
Director 'Billy Wilder' did a great job creating a film so full of life
and realness. The innocence, and flirting are very casual and the film
is just magical, it's beautiful and has to be seen. It's also a film
that has never been copied in that same way, this is because it
couldn't be, there's only one seven year itch, and there always will be
The film has a message 'not to be unfaithful' and to resist temptation, and to mainly be yourself. What a great, memorable and powerful name for a film too, it describes it if you think about the film after watching it, it's your own personal perspective which i like. It's not the type of film that everyone can necessarily have the same types of views.
It was adapted from a Broadway play of the same name by George Axelrod, with Tom Ewell. I think it did a lot of good that Tom was educated and aware of the story as he was in the play and that's what made him so brilliant in the film, he was perfect as well and the wonderful and unforgettable Marilyn. The film is remembered for the radiant performance of Monroe, with the two personalities, the little girl and heart and the beautiful and secretly intelligent woman. I didn't like how she was portrayed as again a blonde bombshell, but you know she was fabulous at it and she know what she was doing, she also knew that that wasn't the real her and she wanted other's to know too, accept some didn't take any notice and wanted to know her as that. I also hated that she was know as 'the girl' this is very important and sexist, but it worked.
A voice-over narration introduces the film: this is where we see Richard Sherman (Ewell) send of his wife and young son 'Ricky' for the summer at a crowded train station. In the next scene a number of businessmen follow a shapely female. This is where the story begins. Mr Sherman has a very creative imagination. When he first see's Monroe walking up the stairs to her friends apartment (Ewells) face tells all.
Of course everyone all knows the famous legendary scene even if they haven't seen the film. Monroe in her white dress, which blows up from the vents in the street, and Mr Sherman's line 'Cools the ankles doesn't it', while looking.
The seven year itch is very important in Cinema history and any Monroe or Ewell fan must see it, or someone who loves a great film.
Smack dab in the middle of the Decade of presumed innocence there were
cracks in the facade and this is an example. Occasionally there were
Artistic displays that penetrated, or at least tried to penetrate, the
layer of "Virginity" that coated this most hypocritical of times.
Billy Wilder was one of those Visionaries that always seemed to be on the edge of things and here he attempted to say more than the Censors would allow and as a result this was as revealing as a revelatory recital on Sexuality and Mores could be in 1955.
Couched in Neurosis and suppressed urges (itches) this broad Sex/Comedy is a dated, ditsy, delight, and is iconic and irresistible for those seeking its less than lewd portrayal of Male Fantasies from the age of agonizing conformity. Marilyn's doe-eyed display of a naive natural beauty and some amusing situations give this a Charming experience that is devoid of the cringe inducing Comedy that passes by today.
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