Where’s Marilyn Monroe when you need her?
For that matter, where’s Sonny Tufts? The Seven Year Itch is one of my favorite films to watch when the temperature soars; the stuffy heat of my apartment adds a layer of reality you see. It’s times like these when I can understand, 100%, how the extreme heat can make one want to put one’s underwear in the ice box, befriend someone just for the use of his air-conditioner, and stand over subway grates in a dress to feel a breeze, devil may care!
This hilarious work from director Billy Wilder, tells the story of faithful husband Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell) who experiences his first feelings of extra-marital lust when his wife and son go out of town for the summer. Ewell stays behind in New York to work, and amidst the sweltering summer heat, he meets his beautiful, blonde, upstairs neighbor, played to ditsy perfection by Marilyn Monroe.
“Hey, did you ever try dunking a potato chip in champagne? It’s real crazy!” – The Girl (Monroe)
While Ewell may think there’s chemistry brewing, all of his fantasies remain in his head, and Monroe comes out looking the least ditsy of the bunch! I have never been too much of a Marilyn fan, but the older I get, and the more of her films I see, the more I am impressed with her brilliant comedic timing and style. She’s kind of a #GirlBoss in her own unique way.
The Seven Year Itch is one of those iconic films, filled with lots of little movie moments you’re sure to recognize. If you’ve never seen it, take this current heatwave to treat yourself to this perfect summer slice of classic comedy!
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