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Seven Year Itch
     

The Seven Year Itch

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Director: Billy Wilder, Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes

Cast: Billy Wilder, Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes

 

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Like thousands of other Manhattanites, Tom Ewell annually packs his wife (Evelyn Keyes) and children off to summer vacation, staying behind to work at the office. This particular summer, the lonely Ewell begins fantasizing about the many women he'd foresworn upon getting married (in one of the fantasies, Ewell and Marguerite Chapman parody the beach rendezvous in

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Like thousands of other Manhattanites, Tom Ewell annually packs his wife (Evelyn Keyes) and children off to summer vacation, staying behind to work at the office. This particular summer, the lonely Ewell begins fantasizing about the many women he'd foresworn upon getting married (in one of the fantasies, Ewell and Marguerite Chapman parody the beach rendezvous in From Here to Eternity). He is jolted back to reality when he meets his new neighbor--luscious model Marilyn Monroe. Inviting Monroe to dinner, Ewell intends to sweep her off her feet and into the boudoir. Things don't quite work out that way, thanks to Ewell's clumsiness (and essential decency) and Monroe's naivete. Still, Ewell becomes convinced that his impure thoughts will somehow be transmitted to his vacationing wife and to the rest of the world, leaving him wide open for scandal and ruination. In the original play, the husband and the next-door neighbor did have an affair, but both play and film arrived at the same happy ending, with Ewell and his missus contentedly reunited at summer's end. Featured in the cast of The Seven Year Itch are Robert Strauss as a lascivious handyman, Sonny Tufts as Evelyn Keye's former beau, Donald MacBride as Ewell's glad-handing boss, and veteran Broadway funny man Victor Moore in a cameo as a nervous plumber.

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A slick, stylized sex farce with echoes of 1947's The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The Seven Year Itch parodies images of conventional Hollywood romances. Writer-director Billy Wilder takes jabs at several popular films of the era, including From Here to Eternity (1953) and Brief Encounter (1945), as he plunders the absurdities of the male libido. Of course, there was no better epitome of 1950s male sexual fantasy than Marilyn Monroe, ideally cast as "The Girl." Itch is further proof of Monroe's underrated comic skills, particularly in parts which allowed her to poke fun at her own image. Best remembered for its skirt-blowing scene, the film was actually a toned-down version of an even bawdier stage play. Wilder still manages to retain some of the play's naughtier puns and innuendo. Monroe and Wilder would work together again, on 1959's classic Some Like It Hot.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/31/2012
UPC:
0024543548850
Original Release:
1955
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:44:00
Sales rank:
31,427

Special Features

Commentary by Author Kevin Lally (Billy Wilder Biographer); Isolated Score Track in High Definition; The Hays Code - Picture-in-Picture with Sexual Innuendo Meter*; Marilyn Monroe Interactive Timeline; Monroe & Wilder: An Intersection of Genius; Fox Movie Channel presents Fox Legacy with Tom Rothman; Deleted Scenes; Hollywood Backstories: The Seven Year Itch; Fox Movietonews: The Seven Year Itch; Theatrical Trailers; Still Galleries

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marilyn Monroe The Girl
Tom Ewell Richard Sherman
Evelyn Keyes Helen Sherman
Sonny Tufts Tom MacKenzie
Robert Strauss Kruhulik
Oscar Homolka Dr. Brubaker
Victor Moore Plumber
Marguerite Chapman Miss Morris
Carolyn Jones Miss Finch
Roxanne Elaine
Donald MacBride Brady
Butch Bernard Ricky Sherman
Doro Merande Waitress
Dorothy Ford Indian Girl
Ralph Sanford Railroad Station Gateman
Mary Young Train Lady

Technical Credits
Billy Wilder Director,Producer,Screenwriter
George Axelrod Screenwriter
George W. Davis Art Director
Charles K. Feldman Producer
Hugh S. Fowler Editor
Ray Kellogg Special Effects
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Alfred Newman Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Stuart A. Reiss Set Decoration/Design
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
Lyle Wheeler Art Director

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The Seven Year Itch 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
"The Seven Year Itch" is a delightful, sophisticated and witty farce, using to the fullest extent the mordant humor of director Billy Wilder on the subject of sex. The 'seven year itch' refers to the urge to be unfaithful after seven years of matrimony, with a desire to satisfy one's sexual urges ('itches'). It was adapted from a Broadway play of the same name by George Axelrod, with Tom Ewell reprising his Broadway role. It stars Ewell as Richard Sherman, a middle-aged New York City book publisher who remains in Manhattan while his wife and son go off to the country on vacation. Once alone, he's consumed with sexual fantasies about various women from his past as well as the eye-popping model/actress (Marilyn Monroe), who's just moved into the apartment above. Hoping for some action, he invites his neighbor to dinner, but the combination of his amusingly nervous bumbling and her belief in the innocence of his intentions almost guarantees that nothing will probably happen. Despite his guiltlessness, he begins to imagine that his fantasies are being broadcast nationwide, with his wife part of an eager audience. In his parody of film romance, Wilder hilariously skewers several, including "From Here to Eternity" and "Brief Encounter". Although censors excised the play's adultery theme, Ewell brilliantly manages the tricky feat of making a man seem comically guilty despite having done nothing, and Monroe as the iconic 'girl' deftly parodies her screen image. The entertaining film is best known for the definitive performance of the radiant Marilyn Monroe with the little girl's giggly voice (her 23rd film)-basically portraying herself as a blonde bombshell, and known in the film simply as The Girl. When asked why the heroine didn't have a name, Axelrod said, "The truth of the matter is that I could never think of a name for her that seemed exactly right, that really fit the girl I had in mind." The film's promotional tease photographs packaged her as the sexually-endowed girl next door-an ideal fantasy figure. In the film, one indeed wonders whether Marilyn Monroe's character is an actual person or rather the living embodiment of the urban executive's wild imagination. There is no more potent image in American cinema than Marilyn, her white halter dress billowing in the breeze of a Manhattan subway grate. She is luminous in this lusty 1950s time capsule. Director Wilder bent the censorship code until it nearly snapped, his script surging with canoe paddles, milk bottles, undies in the icebox and the siren call of Rachmaninoff. [filmfactsman]
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ProfessionalBookNerd More than 1 year ago
Seriously. I really like this movie. I wouldn't say it's one of Marilyn Monroe's best, but it is a lot of fun. The only things I don't really like about it are just because they are more... appropriate(?) for it as a stage production, and don't work as well in film form, like the main character's very melodramatic daydreams and monologues. I have convinced myself that "The Girl" in the movie is actually supposed to be Marilyn Monroe, whether that was the intention or not, because they never give her a name, she's a model, and the main character at one point even says, "She could even be Marilyn Monroe!" Anyway, although I prefer some of her other movies, this is indeed a very fun Marilyn Movie. Before you know it, you'll never think of Rachmaninoff the same way again, drinking big tall martinis on hot days while your panties are cooling in the icebox, and using way too many adverbs for your own good.

Best viewed with champagne and potato chips. And to make it really crazy, try dipping the chips in the champagne. ^_~
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