The Seven Year Itch

1955, Comedy, 1h 45m

31 Reviews 10,000+ Ratings

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Movie Info

In the midst of a summer heat wave, New Yorker Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell) ships his wife, Helen (Evelyn Keyes), and their son off to Maine for vacation. Left alone to work back in Manhattan, Richard encounters a gorgeous blonde model (Marilyn Monroe) who has moved into the apartment upstairs, and becomes immediately infatuated. While pondering infidelity, Richard dreams of his beautiful new neighbor -- but will his fantasies about her become a reality?

Cast & Crew

Tom Ewell
Richard Sherman
Evelyn Keyes
Helen Sherman
Sonny Tufts
Tom MacKenzie
Oscar Homolka
Dr. Brubaker
Doro Merande
Waitress at Vegetarian Restaurant (uncredited)
Alfred Newman
Original Music
Milton R. Krasner
Cinematographer
George W. Davis
Art Direction
Lyle R. Wheeler
Art Direction
Joseph E. Rickards
Assistant Director
George Axelrod
Screenwriter
Billy Wilder
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Critic Reviews for The Seven Year Itch

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (27) | Rotten (4)

  • Despite the script's cleverness, the presence of Tom Ewell, who is a first rate comedian and Oscar Homolka, who has long been a first rate actor, the entire film continually misses fire and fizzles out, like defective fireworks.

    January 23, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Very dated and not consistently funny but famous for the iconic Marilyn air-vent shot and a close to the under-wire smuttiness.

    February 2, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • What counts is that laughs come thick and fast, that the general entertainment is light and gay.

    August 15, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Although it was directed by Billy Wilder, this 1955 CinemaScope classic sometimes seems presided over by Frank Tashlin, with its satire of 50s puritanism and its use of wimpy Tom Ewell.

    August 15, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Monroe flaunts her attributes too blatantly, and seems less human because of it, while George Axelrod's play, fresh and risqu in the '50s, now appears a little obvious and over-plotted.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
  • So arresting is Monroe's presence that when she's not on-screen, we wait impatiently, wondering, Where have you gone, Mrs. DiMaggio?

    July 19, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Seven Year Itch

  • Feb 07, 2017
    Iconic imagery aside, the movie itself is quite funny despite the fact that it's a somewhat neutered version of Axelrod's play.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 19, 2016
    Billy Wilder made some of the greatest films of all time, and most of them hold up to this day. Sadly, I don't believe The Seven Year Itch is one of them. It's fun, lighthearted, and has the benefit of Monroe's charm, but it's much more dated than Wilder's other ventures. Tom Ewell and Marilyn Monroe star in a film about men who send their wives and children off to Maine for the hot New York Summer while they fill their minds with ideas of adultery and temptation. At its core, it's a dated premise. This type of film would not be greenlighted in today's Hollywood, especially with its treatment of women. With that said, the dated humor sometimes can work to its benefit and add to its charm. But other times, it can be cringe worthy. There really isn't a whole lot of depth to this story. Knowing how great Wilder can be, it more or less just seems like he went through the motions with this comedy. It's filmed in mostly one location and doesn't have any rounded out supporting characters like Sabrina or Sunset Boulevard do. The script is also exposition heavy with a semi-neurotic performance from Ewell. It reminded me a lot like Martin Freeman's turn in the Fargo TV series. A man desperately wanting to be cared for and appreciated, but he turns to irrational ways of producing it. The Seven Year Itch is very much a product of 1950's Hollywood. Women weren't given great roles, and so the prototypical 'dumb blonde' gig that Monroe gets here isn't all that surprising. So looking back, you can certainly appreciate the alluring role and film for what it is, but its ideas and themes don't hold up well at all. +Monroe's charm +Goofy sense of humor -Very dated -Doesn't have Wilder's usual wit 7.2/10
    Thomas D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2014
    An insufferable comedy whose sense of humor is tremendously unfunny and obvious while Ewell is unbearable with his expository babbling and his character's stupid imagination - and the movie would have never become a classic if it weren't for that one famous scene only.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2012
    Marilyn Monroe is the story in this film: charming, beautiful and sweet. She gives a warm hearted performance as "The Girl" (we never learn her name), every man's dream woman. This is, in my opinion, yet another masterful film by Billy Wilder. Tom Ewell, while not the best actor in the film, plays an ordinary man who believes he's coming down with the seven year itch, which is believed to be the point in the seventh year of marriage where a man becomes unfaithful to his wife. Throughout the whoile film, Monroe and Ewell show great chemistry and in the end, this film shows to be very charming. Favorite Scene: When Tom Ewell is playing the man from his fantasy at the piano
    Anthony L Super Reviewer

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