Saturday, May 5, 2012

The Seven Year Itch

The Seven Year Itch
Released Date: June 3, 1955
Director: Billy Wilder
Actors: Marilyn Monroe, Tom Ewell, Evelyn Keyes, Sonny Tufts, Robert Strauss, and Oskar Homolka

     Marilyn Monroe, was a huge hit in the 50s and had already developed problems with her second husband. The great baseball star, Joe DiMaggio. The marriage had only lasted nine months, and the marriage ended during this movie. This maybe one of her most well known films, not because of the fact she ended a very famous marriage, but also because she was the main, hot lead actress in this movie. This movie also holds the most famous shot of the great Miss Monroe. The picture of her in a white dress, standing over a train grate, and her dress goes flailing, as she laughs. That scene, was to have been the main breakup reason for the DiMaggio's. But the shooting of this picture was a hard one for Marilyn, not only did she have a divorce, but she was often late for shootings, and was also going through depression as well. She often forgot her lines, and it is said that she cost the movie a lot of money.

     The movie starts off with a man, taking his lovely family to the train station for the summer. They seem like a very happy, well knit family. Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell), after dropping his wife and son off, went to work like any other day. He talks to himself throughout the movie, and also letting his imagination run wild. He was to have quit smoking and drinking. Which, being alone for the whole summer, is all he wants to do. His wife, although trusting her husband, calls promptly at 10:00 PM. Which he believes is horrible, since he likes to go to bed at a reasonable time on a work night. Meanwhile, a new girl enters the apartment complex, right above the Sherman's, again, just for the summer. The girl is Marilyn Monroe, and as anyone would know, is a rather tall glass of water. Which would be nice to have during the summer, right? With your wife away? When he realizes that he is suffering from a very normal disease, known as the seven year itch (which is what one receives when they have been married for seven years), he decides between his wife and son, or the new girl up stairs.

     One thing I have always loved about such stars as Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable, Ginger Rogers, Grace Kelly, Katherine Hepburn, Bette Davis, and Lauren Bacall, just to name a few. Is the well known fact that they are, well seemed to have been, a healthy weight. Women are made of curves and also a little meat on their bones. Well these actresses, and many more from that era, are exactly what I mean. They look like they can gobble up a Hamburger, and chase that down with a Milkshake, and then walk it off, by walking home. I know that sounds funny, but that is a huge reason why actresses are (in my opinion) more beautiful back then, then they are now. 

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