The Seven Year Itch (1955)

BILLY WILDER

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  USA, 1955Charles K. Feldman Group, Twentieth Century Fox.  Screenplay by Billy Wilder, , based on the play by George Axelrod.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , Billy Wilder.  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Golden Globe Awards 1955.  

Tom Ewell and Marlyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch.

Billy Wilder comedy that is most notable for the now historic image of  standing above a subway grate while her dress billows in the rushing air coming from below.  (recreating his stage role) is hilarious as a happily married man who sends his wife () and son away to the Hamptons for the summer and remains behind to continue work in New York City. When a gorgeous blonde (Monroe) moves in upstairs, he discovers that he is suffering from the urge that hits all married men after seven years of marriage: the need to cheat! Monroe’s timing couldn’t be better, but most of the racier aspects of the original play suffered the wrath of the censors’ scissors, leaving the entire thing a little limp. This film was the last Monroe would film before studying at the Actors Studio in New York City; there’s a distinction easily made between her easy comic timing and the overly self-conscious work in Bus Stop that would follow a year later.

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