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The Seven Year Itch

The Seven Year Itch(1955)

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  • Not without a distinct ring of irony, the 9-month-old Monroe-DiMaggio marriage officially ended during this shoot.
  • The classic shot of Monroe's dress blowing up around her legs as she stands over a subway grating was shot on Manhattan's Lexington Avenue at 52nd St. The original footage wasn't used, however, as Wilder re-staged the scene in a studio and got a more satisfactory result.
  • Monroe's real-life bouts with lifelong depression and self-destruction took their toll on her during filming; she frequently muffed scenes and forgot her lines, leading to sometimes as many as 40 takes per scene before a satisfactory result was produced.
  • Marilyn Monroe's constant tardiness and behavioral problems made the budget of the film swell to $1.8 million, a high price for the time. The film still managed to make a nice profit.

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