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saved by the subway
- don letta
I wonder if the subway vents scene wasn't an afterthought, to make this silly and obvious "comedy" acceptably releasable. Otherwise, it's a story about a very boring man. Unfortunately played by a very boring actor. I agree with another reviewer... Walter Matthau and Marilyn Monroe would have been perfect for this film, but of course Mr. Matthau wasn't available at the time. When narration and primary character are key, this fails on both levels. Does anyone really care about this schlub and his little life?...I don't.
- Graham Thomas
Silly, funny Wilder lark with Marilyn solidifying her on-screen persona, to be etched in stone. Relax, have a Tom Collins, turn on the AC and enjoy.
the Seven Year Itch
- Michael Whitty
A dominant Marilyn Monroe film when a showbiz gal takes a room above Tom Ewell during a summer when his wife and child are gone. Directed by Billy Wilder who is known for his comedy satire and makes the most of Marilyn and her glamorous ways this film strikes a high every time Marilyn positions herself sexually. This was 1955 when directors didn't have as much freedom with sexuality but Billy Wilder did get enough done with Marilyn.
Not bungled, but...
Well, the production code and Monroe inadvertently teamed up to sabotage the play Axelrod wrote and the film he and Wilder evidently wanted to make. The play and the movie are both supposed to be about the husband, and Ewell does get most of the screen time. However, the play had Ewell's character unfaithful to his wife, not permissible on screen. This eliminates dramatic tension from the story - nothing further happens after he first meets Monroe's character. He is not going to have an affair with her, and even the audience in 1955 knew that, so we lose interest in him. From the start, Monroe treats Ewell as a sort of cousin - it is clear that she has no sexual interest in him at all. And Monroe, for all her troubles on set, gives such a luminous performance that she easily steals the attention from Ewell, manacled by a censored script that has him stuck at the dream stage. An interesting but unsatisfying film.
Sweet and clever film!
- Stephanie C
I loved this movie! From Marilyn Monroes charm and innocent gulliblness with a sense of insight and Tom Ewells over stimulated imagination and flip flopping mindset between nervousness and all is right with the world lends to a very charming and heart warming sweet film!
The Seven Year Itch
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
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
"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
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".
- David Atkins
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
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.
- Bob Galvin-Oliphant
Fun Billy Wilder comedy. Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell and Robert Strauss deliver lots of comedic moments in this 50's classic.