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The Seven Year Itch (1955)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 29 July 1955 (UK)
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When his family goes away for the summer, a so far faithful husband is tempted by a beautiful neighbor.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... The Girl
... Richard Sherman (as Tommy Ewell)
... Helen Sherman
... Tom MacKenzie
... Mr. Kruhulik
... Dr. Brubaker (as Oscar Homolka)
... Miss Morris
... Plumber
Dolores Rosedale ... Elaine (as Roxanne)
... Mr. Brady
... Miss Finch - Nurse
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With his family away for their annual summer holiday, New Yorker Richard Sherman decides he has the opportunity to live a bachelor's life - to eat and drink what he wants and basically to enjoy life without wife and son. The beautiful but ditsy blond from the apartment above his catches his eye and they soon start spending time together. It's all innocent though there is little doubt that Sherman is attracted to her. Any lust he may be feeling is played out in his own imagination however. Written by garykmcd

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It TICKLES and TANTALIZES! - The funniest comedy since laughter began!

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Comedy | Romance

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29 July 1955 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

La comezón del séptimo año  »

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Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,000,000
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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Color by Deluxe)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

During the beach fantasy, the actress sounds like she was dubbed by Barbara Stanwyck. See more »

Goofs

Richard explains that his finger is stuck in the Champagne bottle because the bubbles create a vacuum. Bubbles wouldn't create a vacuum and would in fact push his finger out of the bottle. See more »

Quotes

The Girl: Hey, did you ever try dunking a potato chip in champagne? It's real crazy!
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When the title appears, one arm of the T in ITCH reaches down and scratches the stem of the letter. See more »

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Chopsticks
(1877) (uncredited)
Music by Euphemia Allen
Performed by Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell
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A Fabulously Funny, Fast-Paced Sex Farce From The Fifties...It's "Just Elegant!"
15 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

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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