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Tricia's retro film review: The Seven Year Itch

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The Seven Year Itch (1955)


The Seven Year Itch is the 1955 movie based on the play of the same name. Publishing employee Richard sends his wife Helen and son Ricky on vacation while he stays behind to work. A young actress moves into the apartment building and meets Richard. He is smitten with her, despite the fact that he is married. The book he’s editing doesn’t help, as it calls this theory “the seven year itch.” Richard’s imagination runs wild as he tries to stay friends with her. Can he stay loyal to his wife or will he scratch that itch?

This movie doesn’t stray too far from its theater roots, as we see several monologues from Richard. Luckily, they’re well written enough that the viewer isn’t bored. There’s also a hilarious running gag in which his company makes lurid book covers for literature and nonfiction. Modern viewers may wonder why Richard doesn’t go on vacation with his family in the first place. But in the 1950’s the father was expected to earn money for the family instead of helping out with household work. Still, Honolulu film fans should watch this movie.

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