The Seven Year Itch

  • PG
  • Billy Wilder (1955)
  • US
  • 100 min
The Seven Year Itch
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Film Review
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4 out of 5

Famous for the moment when Marilyn Monroe lets the updraft from a subway ventilation shaft lift her skirt, this Billy Wilder comedy gave a catchphrase to the nation and a new insight into marriage. It follows the summer misadventures of Manhattan publisher Tom Ewell, whose imagination goes into overdrive when his wife and children go off on holiday. Alone for the first time in years, Ewell starts to fantasise about the voluptuous blonde (Monroe) who moves into the apartment upstairs. If you haven't seen it before, you could well wonder what all the fuss was about, but in the more prudish 1950s this film, and the George Axelrod Broadway hit it was based on, were very risqué indeed. The film is still very funny, and beautifully played by Monroe and Ewell (plus veteran Victor Moore as a plumber - don't ask!), but the attitudes have dated. Just make allowances for the period and enjoy yourself.

Plot Summary

A bored publisher revels in his new-found freedom after his wife and son go away to the country. When a beautiful but naive actress moves in upstairs, he is tempted to turn his fantasies of an affair with her into reality. But even in his dreams, his conscience has a way of tripping him up. Billy Wilder's comedy, starring Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes and Oscar Homolka.

Cast and crew


The Girl
Marilyn Monroe
Richard Sherman
Tom Ewell
Helen Sherman
Evelyn Keyes
Tom McKenzie
Sonny Tufts
Mr Kruhulik
Robert Strauss
Dr Brubaker
Oscar Homolka
Miss Morris
Marguerite Chapman
Victor Moore


Billy Wilder

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Available on video, DVD and BluRay
Certificate PG