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The Seven Year Itch [DVD] [1955]

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  • Actors: Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes, Sonny Tufts, Robert Strauss
  • Directors: Billy Wilder
  • Format: Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 23 July 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0086O9FX0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,558 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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.


Gentlemen Prefer Blondes:: Anita Loos' old story from the 1920s about a pair of single women in search of husbands gets a makeover in Howard Hawks' 1953 musical, starring Jane Russell and Marilyn Monroe as friends who go to Paris looking for mates. The film is charged by Hawks' stylish snap, a famous set piece or two (Monroe descending that staircase while singing "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend"), Russell's wit and songs by Leo Robin and Jule Styne. The film may largely be a fluff project best remembered as a showcase for its leading actresses, but then Monroe and Russell rarely got such extended opportunities to prove that they were more than cinematic icons.--Tom Keogh,

The Seven Year Itch: a married man, left alone during a hot summer, fantasises 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 encyclopaedia 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,

How to Marry a Millionaire: Nunnally Johnson's Broadway comedy was brought to the big screen by director Jean Negulesco and built around a trio of female stars, Lauren Bacall, Marilyn Monroe and Betty Grable. They play friends who come up with a plan to find and marry rich men: they rent a lavish penthouse and use it as their launching pad to lure men with money in the bank. But each eventually finds that love is more important that material possessions, though it takes a while. One running joke has Monroe so insecure about her looks that she refuses to wear glasses, though this means she bumps into furniture and walls. The other has Bacall rejecting suitor Cameron Mitchell because he doesn't wear a tie, assuming this means he's low-class--when, in fact, he's the Donald Trump of 1954. Pre-feminist comedy captures the mindset of an era in which women's identities were based on the men they married. It has its moments, but much of the humour seems dated, though its take on sexual politics is occasionally acute.--Marshall Fine, --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ciaran moore on 7 Aug 2009
Format: DVD
This is my favourite marilyn monroe movie,it may not be laugh out loud funnier than "some like it hot" but the performance by monroe is more subtle .It is about a working writer(tom ewell) who ships his wife and son("only a little one ,hardly counts") off to the coast for summer while he stays in the heat of the city.When he arrives back at his apartment he discovers a beautiful young lady has moved into the apartment above.A lot of mishaps and misunderstandings ensue,i especially love the piano moments.Don`t want to spoil it ,so i won`t say anymore than to mention a great performance by tom ewell as the writer.The extras are, on disc one, a commentary by billy wilder biographer kevin lally,on disc two :"backstory:the seven year itch"(23:25),"legend of marilyn monroe"(48:23)(although it says on the tin 90mins),"marilyn:the final days"(112:28)and deleted scenes(3:21),which are really extended outtakes,a 30 second newsreel,restoration comparison and gallery.It is slightly disappointing that only the backstory tv episode deals with the movie itself ,a little talking heads featurette would have been nice .That said there is quite a bit on the discs so i suppose i shouldn`t complain.Well worth upgrading from the single disc.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Sep 2000
Format: VHS Tape
The 1955 comedy, "The Seven Year Itch," directed by Billy Wilder, is one of the most amusing sex farces ever filmed. Starring Tom Ewell and Marilyn Monroe, and based on George Axelrod's play, the film takes a humorous look at the problems of a typical middle-aged married man. Tom Ewell, and unassuming leading man with a flair and talent for comedy, is perfectly cast in this movie. Ewell plays the part of Richard Sherman, an average middled-aged man of the 50' worker, city inhabitant, with a loving wife and one son. He is left alone in the city for the entire summer while his family vacations in Maine. All is well until Mr. Sherman meets the beautiful blonde who rents the apartment above his for the summer. They soon get to know each other and become friends over champagne, potato chips, and a Rachmaninoff record. Their friendship causes Mr. Sherman to worry that his wife will find out about his relationship with the blonde bombshell. With his overactive imagination, Mr. Sherman dreams up numerous situations concerning this young woman, as well as his wife. Although his imagination causes Mr. Sherman much worry, it provides many of the film's most memorable and enjoyable scenes. Of course, the film is famous for the scene of Monroe standing over the subway grate, which has always been a classic movie scene. Monroe, although unnamed in the film, gives one of her best screen performances, which is "just elegant," as she says throughout the movie. She displays a talent for comedy as well as beauty, which should not be overlooked. Ewell's portrayal of Richard Sherman is delightful, hilarious, and perfect. His facial expressions and comedic timing contribute to the film's enjoyability. Along with these stars, the supporting cast is excellent as well.Read more ›
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 29 April 2003
Format: VHS Tape
[Fact] if your name is Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell) and your wife of seven years has gone to Florida for the summer, you will fall victim to the "The Seven Year Itch."
This film is based on a play by George Axelrod, who also wrote “Goodbye Charlie” and directed “Lord Love A Duck” .
The director Billy Wilder also directed “The Apartment” and “Sabrina” (1954).
As with Shakespeare, this movie is a classic, many scenes and lines have been immortalized and parodied. And I am not too sure that Rachmaninoff's Second Piano Concerto was not used to remind us of "A Brief Encounter".
The basic story line is ever since the time of Native Americans, in the summertime wives and children go south for the summer to escape the excessive heat. This leaves a residual of working husbands and sprinkling of single women or to be more precise, Tom Ewell and Marilyn Monroe. Tom has a great imagination and we see many of the scenes through his imagination. As the two accidentally meet and start to converse, Richard Sherman's (Tom) imagination only gets more exotic.
I am not going to quote the movie lines or scenes as if you have previously viewed this movie, then you know them by hart. If you are new to this movie, you need to have the characters deliver them. I will say one of my favorites is when Mr. Kruhulik, the janitor, comes to clean the rugs; he gets an eyeful, and then makes a logical assumption.
The movie is quite fun aside from being a classic and you may see yourself in it as well.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Mar 2001
Format: VHS Tape
As a relative newcomer to Marilyn Monroe's films I greatly enjoyed this video. The interplay between Monroe and Ewell is fantastic and the dialogue is superb throughout. The comedy has dated well with most of the jokes still being relevant/funny today. Certainly puts a lot of modern day comedy filmaking to shame. Picture quality isn't the best thing about this video...but hey the film was made in 1955 and it rather adds to the overall charm! I can't see anyone being disappointed when buying 'The Seven Year Itch'.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trey Mercartné on 10 July 2005
Format: DVD
This is a decent comedy and I enjoyed it on the whole. I'll be honest and say and the only real reason and I took an interested in the film and watched it is Marilyn Monroe. I've been trying to watch as many as her films as possible lately, ever since a study of Photography at college found me researching the icon of the silver screen. The good news is for me is that there was plenty of Marilyn to enjoy in this classic comedy. I was pleased to find that she is supported by a good cast and a very funny script, and the film on the whole is a real winner. There were several laugh out loud moments for me, and considering my young age and the fact this is a film from the 1950's I would say that's something pretty impressive. For me, though, the reason the film was great has to be Ms. Monroe. She is just simply stunning and elegant in this movie (A word her character very much likes to use!). She really captures the audiences heart as "The Girl" and it's not hard to see why Tom Ewell's character fell for her obvious charms - she is just a sheer delight in the film.
A sequence which I found totally hilarious was that in which Ewell's character imagines a variety of heated liaisons with various women in his life - all of them supposedly throwing themselves at him. The way in which he and the "women" deliver the lines - in a classic dead-pan fashion had me almost crying with laughter. Really hilarious stuff. And that's not even mentioning the glorious skirt-over-subway scene. This is a film to watch and fall in love with. You'll really enjoy it if you like Marilyn, you want to laugh, you're looking for a warm movie to just relax to and you're interested in cinema history and classic Hollywood. A great film for so many people - buy and enjoy!
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