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Seven Year Itch, The (Box Set) (UK)

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It TICKLES and TANTALIZES! - The funniest comedy since laughter began!
Certificate: PG
Running Time: 100 mins
Retail Price: £17.99
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It`s possible that the legendary scene in which Marilyn Monroe`s dress is blown skyward while she stands on a subway grating now dwarfs Billy Wilder`s adaptation of George Axelrod`s hit stage comedy in the same way that the 50-foot billboard of the scene bestrode Times Square in 1955. The Seven Year Itch stars Tom Ewell as Richard Sherman, a middle-aged book publisher who remains in Manhattan while his wife and son go off the country on vacation. Once alone, he`s consumed with sexual fantasies about various women from his past as well as the eye-popping model/actress (Marilyn Monroe), who`s just moved into the apartment above.
Hoping for some action, he invites his neighbour to dinner, but the combination of his amusingly nervous bumbling and her belief in the innocence of his intentions guarantees that nothing happens. Despite his guiltlessness, he begins to imagine that his fantasies are being broadcast nationwide, with his wife part of an eager audience. In his parody of film romance, Wilder hilariously skewers several, including From Here To Eternity and his particular bete noire Brief Encounter, even having the hapless businessman fantasise about the latter`s theme as an aphrodisiac. Although censors excised the play`s raison d`etre of adultery, Ewell brilliantly manages the tricky feat of making a man seem risibly guilty despite having done nothing, and Monroe as the iconic "girl" deftly parodies her screen image.

Special Features:
Three Documentaries - Marilyn Monroe: The Final Days, The Legend of Marilyn Monroe: Narrated by Director John Huston, Backstory: The Seven Year Itch. Deleted Scenes. Movietone News: Sneak Preview. Restoration Comparables. Stills.

Directed By:
Billy Wilder

Written By:

Robert Strauss
Sonny Tufts
Evelyn Keyes
Tom Ewell
Marilyn Monroe

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