CINEMASCOPE CLASSICS – THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH

Rating: PG
Length: 105 mins
Cast:
Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes

When his family goes away for the summer, a so far faithful husband is tempted by a beautiful neighbor.

THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH is a 1955 American CinemaScope romantic comedy 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 stars Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell, reprising his Broadway role from the play.
It contains one of the most notable images of the 20th century – Monroe standing on a subway grate as her white dress is blown upwards by a passing train. The titular phrase, which refers to declining interest in a monogamous relationship after seven years of marriage, has been used by psychologists .
In SABRINA , also directed by Wilder and released a year prior this film, the character of Humphrey Bogart tells his brother that he went with Audrey Hepburn’s titular character to see The Seven Year Itch, which was on Broadway at that time.

The original 1955 review in Variety was largely positive. Though Hollywood production codes prohibited writer-director Billy Wilder from filming a comedy where adultery takes place, the review expressed disappointment that Sherman remains chaste.

Axelrod and Wilder complained that the film was being made under straitjacketed conditions. This led to a major plot change: in the play, Sherman and The Girl had sex; in the movie, the romance is all in his head.

Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film an approval rating of 86%.

Official Trailer