The Seven Year Itch

The Seven Year Itch

DVD - 1955
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A husband of seven years, alone in New York while his family vacations, fantasizes about an affair with the TV model in the upstairs apartment.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : CBS/FOX Video, c1955.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (110 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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amanoletters99
Oct 22, 2019

Film making/storytelling at its finest. Perfect for its time period, and it still holds up well. Great wit and humour. Thank you Billy.

This movie would be more satisfying if Wilder could have kept the original ending. On wicked Broadway, Richard Sherman slept with The Girl, but that wasn't possible in Hollywood in those days. In fact, this is a movie ripe for a remake, now that they could use the adulterous ending. Tom Ewell reprises his Broadway role, and it is to laugh at the commenters who object to his playing Sherman as a creep. If he were a moral, upstanding straight arrow, would he be thinking about sleeping with the girl upstairs? Focus, people! Not everybody in a movie is supposed to be your perfect hero. The supporting cast is excellent, with Sonny Tufts first among equals including Victor Moore, Robert Strauss, and Doro Merande. Still worth seeing, and don't forget, "Rachmaninoff--the Second Piano Concerto!"

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candlesticktroughs
Sep 29, 2018

Marilyn had skill to do both comedy and drama. not every actress is thusly capable. I didn't like the lead actor either, but that was a problem with BUSSTOP, in addition, which is a much better film. How they are alike is I can disregard the costar due to Marilyn's being in the film. Maybe Jerry Lewis or Danny Kaye, instead? I doubt either one would have chosen to play that role, opposite Marilyn.

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ThomasJWhiting
Sep 20, 2018

GOOD 1955 movie with Marilyn Monroe at age 29. This is the film with the scene where her dress is blown up over her legs when she was standing over a subway grate. She is pretty demure in this film which is a good example of how Hollywood movies were being dictated to by the Hays Code. The Broadway production of George Axelrod's play which predated the film didn't have to cater to moral guidelines for the self-censorship of content in Hollywood cinema.

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Derringer
Oct 03, 2017

If you ask me - What definitely brought this faltering film's appeal-level down several notches was the gross miscasting of Tom Ewell as the Richard Sherman character, a family man who just so happens to be the publisher of lewd and lurid dime-novels.

Put plain and simple, Ewell, to me, was sickening. Not only was his character an annoying idiot, but, his overall appearance was utterly creepy, and his attitude was so downright repulsive, that he made my skin crawl, big time.

Anyway - Please don't get me wrong here - I didn't hate The Seven Year Itch, but, with that said, I'm sorry, f-f-f-folks, but this film just didn't work its intended magic on me.

Oh, well - So much for the hitch of The Seven Year Itch. Yep. It's a real b-i-t-c-h!

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lindy919
Jun 11, 2017

Hated it! turned off after 35 minutes

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desireerooks84
Feb 19, 2015

Not bad, but really not good either. But, now I know what movie Ms. Monroe was in when the famous (or infamous?) white dress blew up, showing her legs!!

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LibraryUser53
Feb 08, 2015

Given the subject matter restrictions placed by the 1950's movie censors, and Ms. Monroe's reported difficulty to focus during production, the movie comes off even now as well done. Definitely worth a watch. Recommended.

stphtn12 Nov 29, 2014

marilyn did have acting talent.
check out her performance in
"don't bother to knock."
i agree the sexual stereotype
situations are really outdated
& sexist.monroes beauty &
star power is what stands out
& makes this movie watchable
even today.r.i.p. marilyn!

Froster Nov 29, 2014

The capsule review should be this: overripe 50's sexuality trumps overdone 50's repression, but in fact it is more complex than that. In the persons of Wilder and Ewell, the smirking and leering is entirely distasteful...since their object (the persona that Monroe developed) seems so entirely angelic. How Marilyn triumphed over her type is never more demonstrated than in this movie, which asked almost nothing more of her than to fill out that iconic dress. She is a wonder. But how did she do it? It wasn't Paula Strasberg, honey.

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Boobychuk
Sep 05, 2012

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ManMachine
May 17, 2014

Sexual Content: Even though this film contains no nudity, or sex scenes, it is loaded to the rafters with sexual innuendo.

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ManMachine
May 17, 2014

"It shakes me. It quakes me. It makes me goose-pimply all over!"

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