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The Seven Year Itch

The Seven Year Itch(1955)

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  • The Seven Year Itch

    • John
    • 8/3/13

    Overall- 3 1/2 out of 5Lead Performers-4/5Supporting Cast-3/5Director-5/5Score-4/5Titles-4/5Screenplay-3/5Cinematography-3/5Importance-4/5Recommendation for fans of the genre-3/5

  • Okay, not great

    • ojc
    • 1/29/13

    Before anyone critiques my critique I know it almost 60 years since the film. But I am sorry this movie is just a B in terms of overall quality. Now don't get me wrong I like Marilyn and I am a huge fan of Billy Wilder. Some like it Hot is one of my all time favorite movies. But this film just was too curtailed by the censors. The spark and the sizzle of the Wilder and his mentor Lubstich just are not there. The parodies of 50's films and the spoofing of cheap crime novels are okay but the movie just never elevates. Tom Ewell is fine but is a bit dull.Nice snap shot of the 50's culture but then again you can watch Will Success spoil Rock Hunter for that too.A good movie, fun, and occasionally touching, but just not a great one.

  • One of Monroe's Best

    • Bruce Reber
    • 5/21/12

    "The Seven Year Itch" is a very funny and witty comedy based on George Axelrod's Broadway play. Marilyn Monroe stars as "The Girl" (no name) who moves into the apartment above Richard Sherman (perfectly played by Tom Ewell), who is alone for the summer while his family is away on vacation. He starts having wild fantasies about her, and the situation becomes more hilarious when he invites her down to his place for a drink. He imagines himself irresistable to women, but in the end he realizes he's a married man and that his fling with "The Girl" was just that. Director Billy Wilder, who also adapted the screenplay from Axelrod's play, had to tone it down considerably for the 50's PCA. I saw a "Backstory" on TSYI on another movie network about 12 years ago. It was about the making of the film, and it showed the scene with "The Girl" in the bathtub with her toe stuck in the faucet. As the plumber's working trying to get her toe free he drops a wrench in the tub and reaches in to get it. He says to her "I'm sorry about that", and she says "Oh, that's OK". The scene had to be changed to show only her and the plumber talking. In another scene Monroe (The Girl) says to Ewell (Sherman) "Don't you wish you were a woman like me so you could wear a nice cool dress instead of those old hot pants?" This was axed from the film, because it apparently suggested transvestism and transsexuality. Of course the scene where she's standing over the grate with her skirt blowing while the subway goes by gave us one of the most iconic images in screen history (a blow-up of it was even used on a billboard advertising TSYI). It also figured in the film version of The Who's classic Rock opera "Tommy". Also a great "in joke" when Sherman answers the guy he suspects is fooling around with his wife when the guy asks "Which blonde do you have in the kitchen? and Sherman says "Who knows, maybe it's Marilyn Monroe!" Monroe made TSYI between "River of No Return" and "Bus Stop", two other of her best.

  • If it's got Doro Merande...

    • el debbo
    • 2/2/12

    it's GOT to have some puckish wit. And this movie has some funny moments, but for all the hype, it's alot smaller than I thought it would be. I loved every outfit Monroe wore... she was perfectly styled. It's cute. If you're a real classic film buff, you'll note two characters in this movie who were also in Sinatra's "Man with the Golden Arm".

  • Glorious MM

    • David Atkins
    • 11/2/10

    Billy Wilder directed this great movie and raised Marilyn Monroe from superstar to an icon. Marilyn Monroe is fabulous in this film.I loved this movie. While Wilder and Monroe were not the bestest of friends ever they made two great movies together The Seven Year Itch and the fabled Some Like It Hot. (Wilder in his book noted he wanted to try and then unknown actor for the male lead. Who? Walter Matthau. Matthau and Monroe would have been priceless.

  • The Seven Year Itch (1955)

    • James Higgins
    • 5/17/10

    Very funny and imaginative throughout. Great casting. It is certainly one of Tom Ewell's best roles. Marilyn Monroe is a delight and is as sexy as ever. Very well written. Billy Wilder's direction is superb, as it most always is. Very entertaining and is probably best know for the scene where Marilyn's dress blows up when standing over a subway vent.

  • Classic Wilder

    • Bob Galvin-Oliphant
    • 2/20/06

    Fun Billy Wilder comedy. Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell and Robert Strauss deliver lots of comedic moments in this 50's classic.

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