Seven Year Itch

Seven Year Itch

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Director: Billy Wilder

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… See more details below

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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:
13,931

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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