One of Marilyn Monroe’s funniest, finest performances came in Billy Wilder’s classic comedy The Seven Year Itch. Happily married Manhattanite, Tom Ewell, reverts to bachelor fantasies when his wife (Evelyn Keyes) and child leave for a summer vacation. His dreams come true when he meets his new neighbor, Monroe.
While in the film Ewell remains torn between his fantasies and guilt, the play upon which the film was based reached the same happy ending though Ewell succeeds in bedding his neighbor, something Hollywood would never have allowed during the ’50s. The origin of perhaps the decade’s most lasting icon: Monroe radiating her smile while that famous white summer dress billows above a subway grating.
During the making of The Seven Year Itch Monroe was suffering depression as her marriage to her second husband Joe Di Maggio was ending. They were divorced soon after the end of production.
Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy: Tom Ewell.
Cast: Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Oskar Homolka, Marguerite Chapman, Evelyn Keyes, Victor Moore, Robert Strauss, Sonny Tufts
Director: Billy Wilder
Producers: Charles K. Feldman, Billy Wilder
Original Story: George Axelrod
Director of Photography: Milton Krasner
Editor: Hugh S. Fowler
Composer: Alfred Newman
Screenwriters: George Axelrod, Billy Wilder
Production Designer: Lyle Wheeler
Art Director: George W. Davis
USA / Twentieth Century Fox / 105 minutes / 1955