The Seven Year Itch

Synopsis: With his family away for their annual summer holiday, New Yorker Richard Sherman decides he has the opportunity to live a bachelor's life - to eat and drink what he wants and basically to enjoy life without wife and son. The beautiful but ditsy blond from the apartment above his catches his eye and they soon start spending time together. It's all innocent though there is little doubt that Sherman is attracted to her. Any lust he may be feeling is played out in his own imagination however.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Billy Wilder
Production: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
  Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
105 min

Manhattan Island derives its name

from its earliest inhabitants...

...the Manhattan Indians.

They were a peaceful tribe,

setting traps, fishing, hunting.

There was a custom among them:

Every July, when the heat

became unbearable...

...they would send their wives

and children away.

Up the river to the highlands...

...or, if they could afford it,

to the seashore.

The husbands remained behind

to attend to business:

Setting traps, fishing and hunting.

Our story has nothing whatsoever

to do with Indians.

It plays 500 years later.

Portland, Rockland,

Plymouth and Bar Harbor.

Departing at 6:

We brought up the subject

to show how nothing has changed.

Manhattan wives and children

are still sent away in the summer.

Husbands remain behind

to attend to business:

Setting traps, fishing and hunting.

We want you to meet a typical

Manhattan husband.

This is Mr. Richard Sherman,

his wife, Helen, and son, Ricky.

Ricky, what are you doing?

He's an interplanetary spy.

I blasted him into dust.

Cut it out. You're going to Maine,

not to Mars. Goodbye, Helen.

- Goodbye, Richard.

- Why can't Daddy come up with us?

- Daddy has to stay and make money

- Don't worry. I'll be fine.

- How will I get my allowance?

- I'll mail it to you.

You promised to eat properly

and not smoke.

And you promised not to drink.

- I'll call you tonight at 10.

- Goodbye, Helen.

Goodbye, Ricky. Let me kiss you.

- Take that thing off.

- He's shutting off my oxygen!

Come on, we'll miss the train.

Helen, Ricky, the paddle!

You forgot the paddle!

- Ticket, mister?

- My son forgot the paddle.

Sorry, only those holding tickets

admitted through the gates.

Oh, no, not me.

And I'm not gonna smoke either.

Look at them. Awful. The train

isn't even out of the station.

Gotta get back to the office.

Man, is this hot!

A few more facts

about Mr. Sherman:

He works for a publishing firm,

Brady & Company.

They publish those pocket editions,

two bits in any drugstore.

Old Mr. Brady is the boss,

but Mr. Sherman is the key man.

He keeps the whole operation together.

In the 25-cent book business,

you can sell anything.

Even the old, dreary classics.

The trick is to soup up the title...

...and get an interesting cover.

It's all a question of imagination...

...and Mr. Sherman has a lot

of imagination.

That'll be all, Miss Morris.

Oh, no, not me. Not me.

And I'm not gonna smoke either.

Some husbands run wild

because their wives are away.

Do anything they want.

Like Charlie Lederer.

Annie was gone two days...

...when Charlie got himself


Green dragon on his chest,

butterfly on the shoulders.

Not me. Oh, no, work, work--

I'll work till 6,

then have dinner at the saloon--

No! No saloon, no drinking

like Dr. Summers said.

I know, I'll try

that vegetarian restaurant.

Health food, that's the stuff.

The human body

is a very delicate machine.

You can't run it on martinis

and goulash.

Especially in this hot weather.

- Miss, may I have the check, please?

- Yes, sir.

Let's see. We had the special,

the soybean hamburger...

...with French-fried soybeans.

Soybean sherbet and peppermint tea.

I had a cocktail to start.

Yes, we had the sauerkraut juice

on the rocks.

You'll be proud to know that the meal

was only 260 calories.

I am proud.

That'll be $1.27.

- Keep the change.

- We don't permit tipping.

I can put it in our nudist camp fund.

- You do that.

- Oh, thank you, sir.

It's a worthy cause. We must

bring the message to the people.

To unmask our suffocating bodies

and let them breathe again.

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Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder was an Austrian-born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist and journalist, whose career spanned more than fifty years and sixty films. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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