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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!

A married man, left alone during a hot summer, fantasizes madly about the impossibly gorgeous woman living in the upstairs apartment. When the woman is Marilyn Monroe, such fantasies are the stuff of epics, and The Seven Year Itch is a memorable laugh machine. Tom Ewell, repeating his role from George Axelrod's Broadway hit, plays the itchy protagonist, whose vivid imagination gets the better of him. When Monroe finally comes downstairs and becomes friends (confiding, among other things, that she keeps her undies in the icebox in this hot weather), imagination meets reality in a merciless attack on the male libido. Ewell's crack timing is matched by Monroe's zesty comic flair, and the scene in which her white dress is blown skyward by a passing subway train has entered the encyclopedia of great movie images. Director Billy Wilder adapted the play with Axelrod; if the film is not one of Wilder's signature works (Some Like It Hot and The Apartment would soon follow), it is nevertheless a smoothly crafted comedy. --Robert Horton

Customer Reviews:

  • The Perfect Couple Comedy
    I have always loved this movie. It is such a fun film.

    Tom Ewell is perfect as the neurotic, imaginative summer "bachelor" husband. Marilyn Monroe is perfect as the bubbly blonde model from upstairs. Together they are a hilarious comedy duo.

    Ewell plays a husband abandoned in the city by his wife and child as they enjoy a summer retreat, but the poor guy cannot stop living in his head. His wild imagination leads him to outrageous (and laughable) conclusions. That is until Monroe almost kills him with a potted tomato plant. Carefree and silly, she gives his dreams the possibility for reality. But once again, his imagination gets the better of him.

    If you want a wholesome laugh at some truly awkward and hilarious situations, give it a try. And for the rest of you Marilyn Monroe fans, this is a must own!...more info
  • My Favorite Marilyn Movie
    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....more info
  • A Marilyn favorite
    This was the first Marilyn movie I ever saw at the age of 13. Since then I have been a huge Marilyn fan(atic). This is one of her funniest movies (along with Some Like It Hot). Marilyn's innocense plays off her sexuallity very well. This comedy is upbeat, and though set in the fifties, it hasn't been affected by age at all. The theme itself is thousands of years old, (when the cat's away, the mice will play). My favorite scene is not the skirt blower however. It's right at the end when Marilyn is waving good-bye to Tom Ewell from the window. For a second you see why millions have fallen in love with her. The mixture of satisfaction and sadness on her face makes her perhaps the most beautiful woman who ever lived...more info
  • Monroe was Monroe
    The only thing this movie has going for it is Marilyn Monroe, and that's just not enough. Tom Ewell plays a blundering fool who loses his competence at the very sight of her. If there are laughs in this advertised comedy, I must have dozed off at the time.

    The setting is New York of a bygone era, complete with Automats and sans universal air conditioning. I lived there then. Ewell's wife and family have gone to the sticks to avoid the summer heat, and Monroe has taken the apartment upstairs. Ewell's mouth falls open at the scent of her, as he tries to woo her into his--his--he's not sure what, but to his lair, for starters.

    There's the famous scene of MM standing over the subway grid and having her skirt blow up to reveal her legs. The giant cutout of that on Times Square revealed more than is revealed in the movie. It offended Joe DiMaggio, her husband, but it had little to do with the movie. The one memorable line was the claim that MM kept her daities in the "ice box" during the summer.

    The movie is dated, silly and a little embarrassing. Monroe did better....more info
  • The seven Year itch
    A movie they had trouble getting made to the fact that at the time it was taboo to show a married man having an affair on screen. In order to get around it they made the whole affair a fantasy in his head. The part the really surprise me about this 1955 movie was that the husband actually cared about his weight and health as that wasn't an issue normally talk about in most movies of 1950s and 1960s like you might have mention in movies today....more info
  • Magic on the screen: Monroe fights the New York heat and gives pleasure to Ewell...
    In the 'fifties Hollywood created its biggest, best-loved and most powerful sex symbol of all--Marilyn Monroe...

    Marilyn's appeal was, perhaps, in her weakness, in that revealing look of innocence and confidence, in her intense desire to be loved...

    The 'seven year itch' points out the instinctive desire to be disloyal after seven years of matrimony, with a longing to satisfy one's sexual needs...

    This amusing film was adapted from a Broadway play of the same name by George Axelrod, with Tom Ewell reprising his Broadway role, walking, worrying, and sweating...

    Tom and Evelyn Kayes have been married for seven years... While he remains in Manhattan on business, Evelyn and their son Ricky (Butch Bernard) go off to Maine to escape the sweltering summer...

    The apartment upstairs has been rented to a television blonde model (Marilyn Monroe). When she forgot her front door key, she had to ring Ewell's bell to let her into the building...

    When Marilyn accidentally knocks a tomato plant onto Tom's terrace, the happily man invites the luscious young beauty downstairs for a drink, indulging in fantasies about taking her in his arms and kissing her 'very quickly and very hard'...

    Marilyn comes in, explaining that she feels safe with married men... He makes a clumsy pass while they are at the piano but both fall off the seat... He stammers an apology, but she pretends it is nothing...

    When Marilyn returns to her apartment, Tom envisions his wife having an affair in Maine with their big neighbor, Tom McKenzie (Sonny Tufts)... Then he sees himself lost between foolish fantasies of seduction, and terrible ideas of his wife capturing him in action... Finally he decides to put an end to his visions and asks Marilyn out to a movie...

    On their way home, they stop on a subway...

    As the trains go by underneath, Marilyn's skirts billow up...

    It is so hot in the city she presumably loves the rush of air on her thighs...

    Marilyn plays the scene in innocent delight... And Billy Wilder's shot shows a strapping blonde with a white skirt blown out like a spinnaker above her waist...

    For this famous shot alone, the movie is a must see... ...more info
  • Marilyn and oh so much more!
    This movie has so much more to offer than just a great Marilyn Monroe performance (and the prospect of sneaking a peek at her panties). It's an absolutely hilarious movie from start to finish--the fun just doesn't stop!
    Tom Ewell is a delight as mild-mannered husband on the loose Richard Sherman, and the movie is well worth watching for his performance alone. His Walter Mitty like fantasies are a laugh riot--in one, he imagines the Marilyn character warning the entire nation on live TV about what a lecherous wolf he is during one of her "Dazzledent" commercials. Comical situations abound in Ewell's life, like the antics at the sleazy pulp-fiction publishing house he works for that's reprinting "Little Women" as "The Secrets of a Girl's Dormitory" complete with lurid cover, and at the vegetarian restaurant he dines at since his wife isn't home to fix him supper (hey, it was the 50's).
    This movie would be worth watching even without Marilyn, but she's here too in one of her funniest, most winsome performances as "the tomato from upstairs" who keeps her panties in the icebox for those hot summer days and gets her toe jammed in the bathtub drain and has to wait for the plumber to come rescue her from her predicament.
    Great script, cast and performances all around--give it a chance, you won't be sorry!...more info
  • Set Traps, Hunt & Fish!
    I just watched this movie for the very 1st time on television.... I thought it was fabulously funny in a light/campy sort of way. Lots of typical cliches as this movie pokes fun at the institution of marriage. Husbands are depicted as getting the so called "itch" to chase after women after seven years of marriage.

    Great acting by Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell. Lots of funny mishaps and so on make this a great classic film....more info
  • BLISSFUL PERFECTION FROM BEGINNING TO END
    Breathtaking restoration/transfer of this perfection of a film to DVD - with remarkable performances and direction. The colors and shadows are luminous; the audio sublime. If only we could count on the once impeccable CRITERION to release such a wonderful product. Ah, well......Run, click, buy this indispensible DVD - and enjoy the many fascinating extras....more info
  • Great film, with a line I've been waiting for all my life.
    The seven year itch is a really good film.And Billly Wilder and Marilyn Monroe were probably the best team of the fifties. Billy Wilder was the only one who could use perfectly Marilyn's sexuality on screen. Never was it more compelling to watch her on screen than this film and"Some like it hot". Though "Some like it hot" is much better, the best comedy ever made, this one has a freshness to it and a sort of underlying tone which is refering to Monroe's intelligence. Watching her films, you always feel that she means what she is saying, but in this one, you think that she knows better than what she is really saying. You feel a sort of contradiction between what she is saying and what she is thinking. That's a different Monroe.And what did it for me, was when Tom Ewell tells the man spending time with his wife, that Marilyn Monroe could be in his kitchen. I've been wiating all my life to hear this. Whenever a star is in a movie, you always mention others stars, that have no links what so ever with the film or the actor. But why not use the real stars. The one who is character in the picture. This one does, and only Billy Wilder could do such a brilliant thing. It's small alright. But so smart.......more info
  • Get the "Itch"
    If you want to know the reason Marilyn still fascinates us almost 30 years after her death, buy this movie. Her combination of sexuality and vulnerability is perfectly showcased here.

    Believe me, when Marilyn first appears on the screen holding her fan and bag of groceries, you'll be blown away just as Tom Ewell's character is.

    Contrary to popular belief, I do not consider her role here a "dumb blonde" or a "ditz". The character is innocent, naive, and oh so enchanting.

    This film is pure Marilyn magic!...more info

  • Doesn't quite scratch the itch...
    The concept behind `The Seven Year Itch', and in ways even its execution, I really `get', but there is just something about the finished product that feels underdone, or maybe just done wrong. I am new to the Billy Wilder fan club, but I've grown to adore just about every movie he's done. This is the only one of the six I've seen this past month that doesn't sit right with me as a finished product. In parts I love it, but lumped together it just doesn't translate well for me.

    The story is one that I think is brilliantly crafted, because it is so much more than a mere tale of attraction. This is a study of the male libido; the lies we tell ourselves to convince ourselves we deserve love and admiration. This is a delicately crafted tale of intentional deceit and for that it deserves some major recognition. The film centers on Richard Sherman, a successful married man who sends his wife and son away for the summer. Unlike his male counterparts, Richard is determined not to fall into the summer fling territory, but then he meets a beautiful blonde staying in his apartment complex for the summer and soon his imagination is going haywire.

    The entire film is shot like one long soliloquy, which at times adds to the humor but in the end takes away from the seriousness of the films subject. The ranting of Richard is at times funny and witty and at other times overdone and irritating in its redundancy. This may be due to the fact that actor Tom Ewell is slightly obnoxious in his delivery, but I think that talking every thought and emotion of a character would be hard on any actor.

    Marilyn Monroe is without doubt the highlight of the film, for her infectiously bouncy portrayal of the desirable yet unattainable woman is spot on perfection. This was an iconic role for Miss Monroe, one that she will always be remembered for, and with good reason. She captures the naivety and innocence that makes a girl of her nature so desirable, and she serves up some of the funniest moments in the film.

    In the end, the idea behind `The Seven Year Itch' is far more rewarding than the finished product. I absolutely adore the concept and believe wholeheartedly in the message. It is honest and rich with purity in its depiction (or attempted depiction) of the `real' man and his struggle with self security. I just wish that the film had been handled differently. Maybe I'm looking at it wrong, since it was adapted from a stage play where soliloquy form is much more tolerable and necessary, but that is why film adaptations have to take liberties with material. What plays out as believable and normal even on the stage comes off as awkward and uncomfortable on the screen.

    I won't say that you should stay away from this film, just know that it is not as effective as Wilder's other films. It still has that humor he is (was) so famous for, it just doesn't feel as complete or as satisfying as a film like `Some Like it Hot' or `Irma la Douce'. ...more info
  • air conditioning, champagne & potato chips.....
    This is a wonderful movie!!! and now that it is finally on dvd, I am glad to have it in my possession. The movie itself is restored to brilliant color and crisp clearness for the viewer's eye. The extras were very interesting. I very much enjoyed the Backstory(from the cable channel AMC). It helps take the viewer behind the scenes a bit and see a little more than MM's undies.

    The deleted scenes made me laugh!!! To think what drew the line back in the 1950's as far as censors go!! These were so tame by today's standards. They are still delightful scenes nonetheless. They should've been put back onto the entirity of the film for the dvd.

    The movie itself is just elegant, as MM's character would say. It's the story of Richard Sherman, played by comedic talent, Tom Ewell. Marilyn plays "the girl" who gets Mr. Sherman's wild imagination going. She lives upstairs and when her tomato plant falls over and practically kills him, he invites her down for a drink. Just a drink...
    There's much more going on, just check this film out. You won't be disappointed!!! It's a light airy comedy with great laughs, and the beauty of Marilyn.
    This is a wonderful party!...more info

  • "Calomine Won't Work on this One"
    If you combine the humorous Walter Mitty-type fantasies with a senario that includes a male writer staying at home for the summer to write, a wife and kid shipped off to avoid the heat, a voluptuous, georgeous new female neighbor that needs to chat, needs advice, and knows just who to ask, and sweltering temperatures in all areas, well, you have one of the funniest of comedies on film. It is not long before we realize the little scenes we often see are in Tom Ewell's head, wishful thinking on his part. Marilyn plays it as only Marylin can. Of course if Tom got to realize any of his fantasies, it would not be the same, and it is the reaching for but not quite grasping, and Marilyn's innocence at not knowing all the havoc she is wreaking in this man's limbic system, that make this film. That and the white-dress scene....more info
  • Very Dated Film - Great For Monroe
    While I am typically a Billy Wilder fan, I found this film to be one of the only films to come out of the 40-60's that was truly so dated as to be difficult to watch... and I don't mean by sexual content.

    The film tracks the adventures of Richard Sherman and a Marilyn Monroe vehicle girl as they nearly have an "affair". The situations are so enjoyable, that it would have been brilliant, had not Sherman vocalized his every thought and action. This movie, for me, is literally ruined by dialogue that pulls me right out of the film by describing visual images that we are presented with as if we are 8 year olds that might miss what is going on had we not been told.

    On the positive side, Marilyn Monroe's performance was great. She stole the show, but doesn't she usually? Watching her performance made the evening worth while.

    Overall I would say watch this if you are a Monroe or Wilder fan, but be prepared to be treated like an infantile audience, and to have a horse beaten in front of you with poor dialogue describing what you should be seeing. Good but not great!...more info

  • Monroe was Monroe
    The only thing this movie has going for it is Marilyn Monroe, and that's just not enough. Tom Ewell plays a blundering fool who loses his competence at the very sight of her. If there are laughs in this advertised comedy, I must have dozed off at the time.

    The setting is New York of a bygone era, complete with Automats and sans universal air conditioning. I lived there then. Ewell's wife and family have gone to the sticks to avoid the summer heat, and Monroe has taken the apartment upstairs. Ewell's mouth falls open at the scent of her, as he tries to woo her into his--his--he's not sure what, but to his lair, for starters.

    There's the famous scene of MM standing over the subway grid and having her skirt blow up to reveal her legs. The giant cutout of that on Times Square revealed more than is revealed in the movie. It offended Joe DiMaggio, her husband, but it had little to do with the movie. The one memorable line was the claim that MM kept her daities in the "ice box" during the summer.

    The movie is dated, silly and a little embarrassing. Monroe did better....more info
  • Marilyn Shines As Brightly As Ever
    Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell star in this classic comedy about a man whose family have gone away for the summer falling for the girl who lives in the apartment above his own. The film makes much of Marilyn's sex symbol status but also allows her to deliver a wonderful comic performance as a girl completely unaware of her new friend's seedy intentions - "Hi. It's me, don't you remember? The tomato from upstairs!". The film created the now iconic scene of Marilyn's dress being blown up by the wind from the subway below and she says with relish: "Isn't is delicious?" George Axelrod provides the witty and - for the time it was originally released - risqu¨¦ script and Billy Wilder directs with his usual flair. An excellent comedy and a must-have for any Marilyn Monroe or Billy Wilder fan!...more info
  • Marilyn's Best! Great Comedy! Great DVD!
    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....more info
  • "Calomine Won't Work on this One"
    If you combine the humorous Walter Mitty-type fantasies with a senario that includes a male writer staying at home for the summer to write, a wife and kid shipped off to avoid the heat, a voluptuous, georgeous new female neighbor that needs to chat, needs advice, and knows just who to ask, and sweltering temperatures in all areas, well, you have one of the funniest of comedies on film. It is not long before we realize the little scenes we often see are in Tom Ewell's head, wishful thinking on his part. Marilyn plays it as only Marylin can. Of course if Tom got to realize any of his fantasies, it would not be the same, and it is the reaching for but not quite grasping, and Marilyn's innocence at not knowing all the havoc she is wreaking in this man's limbic system, that make this film. That and the white-dress scene....more info
  • I had been 'Itch'ing to see this film [for a good reason]......
    When Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell) sees his wife and son off for their summer vacation to Maine, he witnesses the effects of the heat and restlessness on other husbands doing the same thing (drinking, taking up with girls, etc.). Richard vows not to follow suit with these men, but, that's truly put to the test when he encounters his beautiful upstairs neighbor (Marilyn Monroe). It's then that his imagination begins to run wild.

    THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH features one of the most famous and iconic images from Marilyn Monroe's career--the scene with her in a white dress, blowing over her legs, while standing over the subway vent. Tom Ewell is wonderful as the bumbling and frustrated Richard Sherman. The fantasy sequences are truly priceless and hilarious (most notably, the scenes where Sherman fights off the advances of his secretary, his night nurse in the hospital and his wife's best friend--a nod to the beach sequence in FROM HERE TO ETERNITY). Ewell and Monroe have wonderful on screen chemistry and Monroe as a beautiful, over-the-top and insightful "nameless" actress is incomparable. Don't miss out on this great, classic comedy, directed by Billy Wilder....more info
  • kind words for marilyn monroe
    It's a shame that such a wonderful actress never lived to see how truly she was appreciated by movie fans around the world. Marilyn Monroe plays the ditzy girl upstairs who sends an ordinary married man into a tizzy. It's the classic story of two oddball characters who find each other, love each other and ultimately leave each other. I don't think this is Marilyn's best role but it certainly is one of the better movies I've seen in a while and she is a delightful comedic actress....more info
  • Marilyn at her best
    What's not to like? Marilyn, looking great, a funny story and great acting from all involved. If you're only going to own one Marilyn movie, this is the one to have....more info