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The Seven Year Itch (1955)

Marilyn Monroe , Tom Ewell , Billy Wilder  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes, Sonny Tufts, Robert Strauss
  • Directors: Billy Wilder
  • Writers: Billy Wilder, George Axelrod
  • Producers: Billy Wilder, Charles K. Feldman, Doane Harrison
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: May 22, 2006
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JF5TXO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,320 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Seven Year Itch" on IMDb

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It's a steamy summer in New York City and this scandalous, sexy comedy heats things up even more! A married man (Tom Ewell), whose wife and son are away for the summer, has his fidelity put to the test when a seductive starlet (Marilyn Monroe) moves in upstairs. Keeping his marriage vows in the face of her flirtations proves tough when challenged by the notorious "seven year itch." Faced with this provocative problem, he's victim to an outrageous mating dance filled with hilarious comedy!

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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE ULTIMATE MARILYN..... November 15, 2002
This is the ultimate Monroe film. The one where she stands over a subway grating on a hot summer night to feel the rush of cool air from the trains passing beneath---the rush of air blowing the skirt of her sexy white halter dress up around her. But there's a movie that goes with this legendary image and it's a classic. Based on the adult Broadway play, "Itch" was watered down for the screen and stars Tom Ewell as the frustrated married man and Monroe as the Girl Upstairs. One hot New York summer, a man sends his wife and small son away for the summer---as all New York men do this time of the year according to Ewells' narration. He's left alone in their apartment to struggle with his vices---cigarettes and booze---when all of a sudden the Girl moves in sub-letting the apartment upstairs. She's a TV model and commercial actress and delightfully portrayed by Monroe. The homely and dumpy Ewell begins having steamy sex fantasies visualizing himself as a powerful lover irrestible to women. Monroe wants to be neighborly so she keeps inviting herself down to his flat frustrating the hopelessly timid Ewell. She doesn't realize her effect on him but he's got an air condtioner and it's hot upstairs. She's completely guileless. Monroe is perfect as the Girl and Ewell personifies the Everyman confronted with temptation when left to his own devices. Monroe is breathtaking in Technicolor and her performance speaks volumes about her comic potential. The subway grating scene caps her legend as a sex symbol but when you watch her performance here you see she was so much more than that.
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Man, is this hot, and not because of the skirt scene September 20, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
"Chapter 6-the Brubaker-Steichel theory of the sporadic infidelity pattern of the married male, or the Seven Year Itch."
Having sent his wife Helen and son Ricky to Maine to avoid the scorching July Manhattan summer, Richard Sherman, "keymaster" of a pocket edition publisher, stays behind to work, promising his wife to abstain from drinking and smoking. "Some husbands think just because their wives are away for the summer, they can run wild." However, the appearance of a young blonde renting his upstairs neighbours' apartment turns his life topsy-turvy, turning him into a bundle of nerves.
Sherman approves the covers of the pulp books: "Soup up the title a little, get yourself a cheerful and interesting cover. It's a question of imagination, and Mr. Sherman has a lot of it," says the narrator. To quote his wife and as a promoting film technology gag, "lately, you've been imagining in Cinemascope and Stereophonic sound." From his imagination, including a parody of the beach scene in From Here To Eternity, we learn that he doesn't feel he's good-looking or charismatic. It's his time with The Girl that changes him. His imagination ranges from the humorous, ridiculous, even paranoid. And he reveals his thoughts in soliloquys, which at times resemble trains-of-thought or even his subconscious.
The Girl turns out to be a typical blonde, but fun-loving, friendly, with simple tastes, understanding, trusting, and as it turns out, compassionate as seen from her sympathy for the creature of the black lagoon: "He wasn't really all bad. I think he just craved a little affection, you know. A sense of being wanted and needed." Oh, and she's definitely not a Rachmaninoff girl.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Blu-ray release! August 1, 2012
By Mothee
I picked this up because I'm a huge Billy Wilder fan and I've never seen the film. It's fantastic! Beautiful HD transfer. Wonderful humor from the times that still feels relevant and a big "stick it" to the Hays Code.

The best part about this though is the special features. Commentary, picture-in-picture history lesson on the Hays Code, multiple featurettes. It's a great release!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Marilyn Movie May 15, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I am a huge fan of Marilyn and my goal is to see all of her movies and when I saw "The 7 Year Itch" I was blown away. Marilyn was wonderful in the movie playing the sexy girl upstairs that attracts an older man living downstairs while his wife and son are away for summer vacation. I think everyone who loves Marilyn Monroe should see this movie it is one of her best and i'm sure that u will soon agree.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn dazzles; fast forward through the rest November 24, 2013
By Elkman
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Marilyn captivates in this film, with all of her famous and iconic attributes: the wide eyes, bady doll voice, tousled platinum locks, poetry-in-motion body moves, and sweet naivete. It makes you really appreciate all the hard work that Norma Jean put into her character, and how much her acting had matured in a short time. Her comic timing is especially evident here. It made me dream about how she and that other 50's comic icon -- Lucille Ball -- would have made cinematic magic together, with the right story and script. She is quite frankly a marvel, and the only reason to see this film. The rest of it is preachy, poorly written, boring, sexist, badly directed, and just embarrassing in contrast to the film's star. The only interesting thing about the film other than Marilyn is the cool 50s fashions and pastel colors of the products and sets: eye opening! But just fast forward through all the parts that do not involve Marilyn.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn's Best! Great Comedy! Great DVD! May 8, 2008
I found this film to be very funny and it was a delight to find the jokes age very well even to this day. Although because of censorship the film has been severely watered down from the actual play upon which it is based, I still found it thoroughly funny and enjoyable watching Tom Euell's character try to resist the great temptation of cheating on his wife who is away for the holidays. Marilyn Monroe was very funny in her role and given that she was going through a tough time in real life makes it even a greater achievement to perform at the high levels that she does in this great comedy. Although she is remembered as a bimbo femme fatale her acting talents should not be overlooked as I thought she was brilliant here and even when she played her small but memorable role in "All About Eve" I was very impressed at just how good an actress she was. Unfortunately, this film was also responsible for her divorce from Joe DiMaggio shortly after.

Another great surprise was the quality of this dvd version; the bonus features has a good backstory documentary on the making of the film but more importantly, the picture and sound quality is very good indeed. There are very few picture imperfections and the sound quality is very good.

If you are looking for an entertaining comedy featuring Marilyn at her comedic best this is the dvd to get; a 53-year old comedy that still entertains today. Recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A tad bit overrated but it has the iconic Monroe scene
Published 5 days ago by Pen Name
3.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn is adorable
Loved Marilyn in this movie. She was super adorable. However, I did not enjoy Tom Ewell's character. So crazy and annoying at times. Read more
Published 8 days ago by RRRRRRR
1.0 out of 5 stars No sound 40 mins into the movie!!
Was very excited to get this movie. Just started to watch it today " labor day" & to my surprise the movie stopped playing. It's showing the picture but no sound. Read more
Published 19 days ago by pocohontas
5.0 out of 5 stars In front of the camera she was a delight. What a tragic loss at so...
Marilyn is Marilyn. She is playing to this manufactured screen image that never changed in most of her movies but who cares. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Boston Jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Seven Year Itch.
Ordered for Monroe fan. He LOVES it.
Published 23 days ago by Cecy
2.0 out of 5 stars Marilyn Shines in Lackluster Farce
"The Seven Year Itch" (1955) would be justly forgotten without the iconic presence of Marilyn Monroe. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Scott T. Rivers
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love this classic legendary movie
Published 28 days ago by NickInProvo
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed MM. The directing was good
I enjoyed MM. The directing was good. I was looking for her dress to fly up.This was a great look at a much glamorized MM>
Published 1 month ago by Nolram
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting to know you...
Very enlighting for that time period, especially with Marylyn's dashing
dresses. Her famous scene on subway grate, billowing up her dress
was indeed a mystical addition... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gingey
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Added to my Marilyn collection.
Published 1 month ago by Sharron J. Gunn
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