The Seven Year Itch Overview:

The Seven Year Itch (1955) was a Comedy - Romance Film directed by Billy Wilder and produced by Billy Wilder and Charles K. Feldman.

SYNOPSIS

One of Monroe's funniest, finest performances came in Wilder's classic comedy. Happily married Manhattanite Ewell reverts to bachelor fantasies when his wife (Keyes) and child leave for a summer vacation. His dreams come true when he meets his new neighbor, Monroe. While in the film Ewell remains torn between his fantasies and guilt, the play upon which the film was based reached the same happy ending though Ewell succeeds in bedding his neighbor, something Hollywood would have never allowed in the '50s. The origin of perhaps the decade's most lasting icon: Monroe radiating her smile while that famous white summer dress billows above a subway grating.

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Marilyn: Behind the Icon – The Seven Year Itch

By Gary Vitacco-Robles on Aug 10, 2020 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Marilyn: Behind the Icon –The Seven Year Itch Delivers Monroe?s Immortal Iconic Image In 1955, after Marilyn Monroe left Hollywood to study at The Actor?s Studio in Manhattan, she sat in a booth in a diner facing Lowe?s State Theatre on Broadway. Friend and actor Eli Wallach sat across ... Read full article


The Seven Year Itch (1955)

By Beatrice on Feb 26, 2016 From Flickers in Time

The Seven Year Itch Directed by Billy Wilder Written by Billy Wilder and George Axelrod from Axelrod’s play 1955/USA Charles K. Feldman Group/Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation Repeat viewing/Netflix rental This is not one of Billy Wilder’s most highly rated films but I think it&#... Read full article


The Seven Year Itch

By Michael on May 20, 2014 From Le Mot du Cinephiliaque

The Seven Year Itch (Billy Wilder, 1955) This romantic comedy staring Marylin Monroe and Tom Ewell became one of the most iconic moments of Monroe’s career. The famous white dress blowing over the subway trap that unveils her legs to the audience and the male main character. Adapted ... Read full article


The Seven Year Itch (1955)

By Robert Liwanag on Jan 29, 2014 From Pretty Clever Films

Some of cinema?s most iconic moments are relatively simple ones ? Harry Lime appearing out of the shadows, Darth Vader revealing his secret to Luke, or lonely Travis Bickle rehearsing in front of a mirror. The Seven Year Itch has one for the books, too. Marilyn Monroe stands over a subway grating in... Read full article


“That Silly Little Dress” – The Seven Year Itch (1955)

By Christina Stewart on Jan 29, 2014 From Pretty Clever Films

As we wrap up the month of Billy Wilder here at Pretty Clever Films, let?s take a look at the costumes of one of his funniest sex comedies from the 1950?s, The Seven Year Itch. The film is based on the stage play by George Axelrod and had a bevy of censorship-related issues before the film could be ... Read full article


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Quotes from

The Girl: Do you have any kids?
Richard Sherman: No. None. No kids. Well, just one. Little one. Hardly counts.


The Girl: [in Richard's fantasy] It shakes me! It quakes me! It makes me feel goose-pimply all over!


The Girl: When it gets hot like this, you know what I do? I keep my undies in the icebox!


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Facts about

The caption that goes by the "Textures" picture in U.S. Camera is about the Ruwenzori Mountains (Africa).
The classic shot of Marilyn Monroe's dress blowing up around her legs as she stands over a subway grating was originally shot on Manhattan's Lexington Avenue at 52nd St. on Sept. 15, 1954 at 1 AM. 5000 onlookers whistled and cheered through take after take as Marilyn repeatedly missed her lines. This occurred in the presence of an increasingly embarrassed and angry Joe DiMaggio, Monroe's husband at the time. The original footage shot on that night in New York never made it to the screen; the noise of the crowd had made it unusable. Billy Wilder re-staged the scene on the 20th Century Fox lot, on a set replicating Lexington Avenue, and got a more satisfactory result. However, it took another 40 takes for Marilyn to achieve the famous scene.
Amazingly, Marilyn Monroe's very narrow spike heels don't get stuck or break in the subway grating that she stands on it in the movie's most famous scene, although this was a universal problem, at the time, for the countless women wearing that very popular style heel in New York City in that era.
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