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Seven Year Itch Subway Grate

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NW Corner 52nd St. & Lexington Ave.
New York, NY  
Website: Seven Year Itch Subway Grate

One of the most iconic scenes in Hollywood history -- Marilyn Monroe standing over a NYC subway grate while the air blows up from the vent making her skirt fly up. Over 2,000 people crowded the street in front of the old Trans-Lux movie theater to watch.

About the Seven Year Itch Subway Grate : NW Corner 52nd St. & Lexington Ave. New York NY

The Seven Year Itch is a 1955 American film based on a three-act play with the same name by George Axelrod. The film was co-written and directed by Billy Wilder, and starred Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell, reprising his Broadway role. It contains one of the most iconic images of the 20th century ? Monroe standing on a subway grate as her white dress[2] is blown above her knees by a passing train.

The footage of Monroe's dress billowing over a subway grate was shot twice: the first take was shot on location outside the Trans-Lux 52nd Street Theatre, then located at 586 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan, while the second take was on a sound stage. Both eventually made their way into the finished film, despite the often-held belief that the original on-location footage's sound had been rendered useless by the overexcited crowd present during filming in New York.

Interesting side note: The exterior shooting location of Richard's apartment was 164 East 61st Street in Manhattan.

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Seven Year Itch Subway Grate: NW Corner 52nd St. & Lexington Ave., New York, NY


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