Combustible Celluloid
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With: Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes, Sonny Tufts, Robert Strauss, Oskar Homolka, Marguerite Chapman, Victor Moore, Dolores Rosedale, Donald MacBride, Carolyn Jones
Written by: Billy Wilder, George Axelrod, based on a play by George Axelrod
Directed by: Billy Wilder
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 105
Date: 06/03/1955

The Seven Year Itch (1955)

3 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Rocking Rachmaninov

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Billy Wilder's The Seven Year Itch (1955) is one of Marilyn Monroe's indispensable films, and perhaps her most famous work. She plays a tempting, sexy next-door neighbor to Tom Ewell, whose wife has just left him alone for the summer. They bond over drink, good times, and a little Rachmaninoff, all the while Ewell resisting his natural urges. The image of Monroe enjoying the cool blast of air over the subway grate has become of the 20th century's most seminal. Sadly, Wilder was forced to cut the more racy material out of the film, but a salvaged "bathtub" sequence is available for viewing on the DVD.

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