With his family away for their annual summer holiday, New Yorker Richard Sherman decides he has the opportunity to live a bachelor's life - to eat and drink what he wants and basically to enjoy life without wife and son. The beautiful but ditsy blond from the apartment above his catches his eye and they soon start spending time together. It's all innocent though there is little doubt that Sherman is attracted to her. Any lust he may be feeling is played out in his own imagination however.Written by
The Seven Year Itch is one of the few films that utilizes footage of New York City's original Pennsylvania Station - opened in 1910 and torn down in 1963. The Beaux-Arts style station - considered a masterpiece of architecture - was modeled after the great, natural light stations of Paris, and a brief glimpse of its glass ceiling can be seen when Richard takes his wife and son to catch their train toward the start of the film. The destruction of the station - and the subsequent shock of a previously ambivalent city - is widely credited with jump-starting the historic landmark preservation movement. See more »
Helen and Ricky supposedly summer at a lakeside resort in Ogunquit, Maine, but there are no lakes in Ogunquit, which is a seaside town. And when Sherman calls, he mispronounces the town as "Ogonquit." See more »
You don't have to worry about me. Just remember, although I have tremendous personal magnetism, I also have strength of character.
And tremendous imagination. Lately you've begun to imagine it in Cinemascope, with stereophonic sound.
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When the title appears, one arm of the T in ITCH reaches down and scratches the stem of the letter. See more »
Due to the Hayes Production code (censorship) issues of the time, Director Billy Wilder was forced to cut some footage that was judged to be too racy to have in the film. AMC showed some of the censored footage on a "Backstory" (2001) episode. The cut material includes:
A full shot of Marilyn Monroe's skirt being blown clear above her waist, which was included in the poster but deemed too suggestive to have in the film.
Extended portion of the skirt scene in which Marilyn Monroe's skirt is again blown by the subway, and then there is a dialogue in which she tells Tom Ewell: "You should wear a skirt; I am feeling sorry for you in those hot pants!" (this deleted scene is also featured on the 20th Century Fox DVD release)
A scene in which Marilyn Monroe is in the bathtub covered with bubbles, and gets her toe stuck in the faucet. The plumber, attempting to free her, drops his wrench in the bathtub and plunges his full arm towards the bottom of it to fish his tool. He is obviously embarrassed but Marilyn simply gives him a conniving look saying "It's OK!" (this deleted scene is also featured on the 20th Century Fox DVD release)
Different, less suggestive angles were used in the scene which included the famous "undies in the icebox" dialogue.
Marilyn Monroe was a force of nature so great that Betty Grable her predecessor as Queen of the 20th Century Fox Lot claimed that MM saved the movie industry in the 50's when fans were switching to TV. I am not sure all about that but I do know that MM was incomparable as a comedienne. This is Ms. Monroe's first of two films with Billy Wilder and the great Director in an interview with Cameron Crowe noted that Wilder wanted Walter Matthau then a new Broadway star to co star with Double M but 20th insisted on Tom Ewell. One can only imagine Marilyn Monroe and Walter Matthau together! This is a great movie made greater by two greats Marilyn Mornoe and Billy Wilder.
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