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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 hitherto faithful husband with an overactive imagination is tempted by a beautiful neighbor.

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Billy Wilder

Writers:

Billy Wilder (screenplay), George Axelrod (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Dolores Rosedale ... Elaine (as Roxanne)
Donald MacBride ... Mr. Brady
Carolyn Jones ... Miss Finch - Nurse
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Storyline

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! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Seven Year Itch See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,800,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,652
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "The Seven Year Itch" by George Axelrod opened at the Fulton Theater on November 20, 1952 and ran for 1141 performances. Tom Ewell reprises his role in the movie. The play's author collaborated on the screenplay for the movie version. See more »

Goofs

When Helen shoots Richard in his fantasy, seven shots are heard although the gun is a six-shot revolver. Moreover, she enters the apartment by emptying the gun into the front door, yet she doesn't reload. Some of the bullet holes disappear between shots. Since this is Richard's fantasy, it need not conform to reality. See more »

Quotes

The Girl: [in his fantasy] Rachmaninoff... It isn't fair... Every time I hear it, I go to pieces... It shakes me, it quakes me. It makes me feel goose-pimply all over. I don't know where I am or who I am or what I'm doing. Don't stop. Don't stop. Don't ever stop!
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Crazy Credits

When the title appears, one arm of the T in ITCH reaches down and scratches the stem of the letter. See more »

Alternate Versions

Version released in then West Germany contains some profanity. See more »

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Referenced in G.O.D. (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Piano Concerto #2
Composed by Sergei Rachmaninoff (as S. Rachmaninoff)
Played on a record and often in the score
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User Reviews

 
Magic on the screen: Monroe fights the New York heat and gives pleasure to Ewell
26 June 2007 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

In the 'fifties Hollywood created its biggest, best-loved and most powerful sex symbol of all—Marilyn Monroe…

Marilyn's appeal was, perhaps, in her weakness, in that revealing look of innocence and confidence, in her intense desire to be loved…

The 'seven year itch' points out the instinctive desire to be disloyal after seven years of matrimony, with a longing to satisfy one's sexual needs…

This amusing film was adapted from a Broadway play of the same name by George Axelrod, with Tom Ewell reprising his Broadway role, walking, worrying, and sweating…

Tom and Evelyn Kayes have been married for seven years… While he remains in Manhattan on business, Evelyn and their son Ricky (Butch Bernard) go off to Maine to escape the sweltering summer…

The apartment upstairs has been rented to a television blonde model (Marilyn Monroe). When she forgot her front door key, she had to ring Ewell's bell to let her into the building…

When Marilyn accidentally knocks a tomato plant onto Tom's terrace, the happily man invites the luscious young beauty downstairs for a drink, indulging in fantasies about taking her in his arms and kissing her 'very quickly and very hard'…

Marilyn comes in, explaining that she feels safe with married men... He makes a clumsy pass while they are at the piano but both fall off the seat… He stammers an apology, but she pretends it is nothing…

When Marilyn returns to her apartment, Tom envisions his wife having an affair in Maine with their big neighbor, Tom McKenzie (Sonny Tufts)… Then he sees himself lost between foolish fantasies of seduction, and terrible ideas of his wife capturing him in action… Finally he decides to put an end to his visions and asks Marilyn out to a movie...

On their way home, they stop on a subway…

As the trains go by underneath, Marilyn's skirts billow up…

It is so hot in the city she presumably loves the rush of air on her thighs…

Marilyn plays the scene in innocent delight… And Billy Wilder's shot shows a strapping blonde with a white skirt blown out like a spinnaker above her waist…

For this famous shot alone, the movie is a must see


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