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The Seven Year Itch Details


Like thousands of other Manhattanites, Tom Ewell annually packs his wife (Evelyn Keyes) and children off to summer vacation, staying behind to work at the office. This particular summer, the lonely Ewell begins fantasizing about the many women he'd foresworn upon getting married (in one of the fantasies, Ewell and Marguerite Chapman parody the beach rendezvous in Marguerite Chapman). He is jolted back to reality when he meets his new neighbor--luscious model Marilyn Monroe. Inviting Monroe to dinner, Ewell intends to sweep her off her feet and into the boudoir. Things don't quite work out that way, thanks to Ewell's clumsiness (and essential decency) and Monroe's naivete. Still, Ewell becomes convinced that his impure thoughts will somehow be transmitted to his vacationing wife and to the rest of the world, leaving him wide open for scandal and ruination. In the original play, the husband and the next-door neighbor did have an affair, but both play and film arrived at the same happy ending, with Ewell and his missus contentedly reunited at summer's end. Featured in the cast of The Seven Year Itch are Robert Strauss as a lascivious handyman, Sonny Tufts as Evelyn Keye's former beau, Donald MacBride as Ewell's glad-handing boss, and veteran Broadway funny man Victor Moore in a cameo as a nervous plumber. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:September 29, 1955


Awarded by
Directors Guild of America Billy Wilder Best Director 1955 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Tom Ewell Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1955 Winner


Marilyn Monroe
as The Girl
Tom Ewell
as Richard Sherman
Evelyn Keyes
as Helen Sherman
Sonny Tufts
as Tom MacKenzie
Robert Strauss
as Kruhulik
Victor Moore
as Plumber
Oscar Homolka
as Dr. Brubaker
Marguerite Chapman
as Miss Morris
Carolyn Jones
as Miss Finch
Donald MacBride
as Brady
Butch Bernard
as Ricky Sherman
Doro Merande
as Waitress
Ralph Sanford
as Railroad Station Gateman


Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
Billy Wilder
George Axelrod
Play Author
George Axelrod
Milton Krasner
Alfred Newman
Musical Direction/Supervision
Alfred Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Lyle Wheeler
Art Director
George W. Davis
Art Director
Walter Scott
Set Designer
Charles LeMaire
Costume Designer
William Travilla
Costume Designer