THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH dvd
It's a sweltering summer in Manhattan, and publisher Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell) has just sent his wife and kid up to Maine to escape the heat, while he stays behind to work. His wife Helen (Evelyn Keyes) reminds him that the doctors said to smoke and drink less, so he decides to focus on work, and to live healthy in his apartment. In a conversation with an imaginary Helen, Richard vividly pictures numerous women throwing themselves at him -- as proof that he's faithful and trustworthy.
Things go south for Richard when the Girl (Marilyn Monroe) moves in upstairs for the summer. She wears beautiful dresses and casually mentions sexual images without any guilt or thought. ("When it gets hot like this, you know what I do? I keep my undies in the icebox.") It's not long before Richard is back to smoking, drinking, and picturing everything from the Girl after him, to her revealing his amorous advances on national television ("He made me play chopsticks!"), to picturing Helen having an affair in Maine. The Girl, meanwhile, keeps showing up to enjoy Richard's air conditioning.
Reviewed by James Lynch