New York Film Locations




The Seven Year Itch (1955)

In summertime in Manhattan, the plain and average Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell) sends his wife and son for vacation in the country. Sherman is the key man of a publishing firm, Brady & Company, which publishes cheap pocket books. The faithful Sherman has a routine life with his family and never steps outside of his standing desk or beyond the office door, but dreams on being successful with women. When a beautiful and sexy blonde (Marilyn Monroe) lodges the upstairs apartment of his small building, Sherman first opens the front door for her and then he invites her to have a drink with him after the fall of her tomato vase on his chair. Along the days, he spends some time with the girl and feels tempted by her, but later he misses his family and travels to meet them.


Pennsylvania Station, 7th Avenue and West 31st Street, Manhattan.
   

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Richard's Apartment, 164 East 61st Street and Lexington Avenue, Manhattan.
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Lexington Avenue and East 52nd Street, Manhattan.
   

otsoNY Comments: The classic shot of Marilyn Monroe's dress blowing up around her legs as she stands over a subway grating was originally shot on Manhattan's Lexington Avenue at 52nd Street on Sept. 15, 1954 at 1 AM. There were so many onlookers whistling and cheering through the takes as Marilyn repeatedly missed her lines that the original footage shot on that night in New York never made it to the screen. The noise of the crowd had made it unusable. Billy Wilder re-staged the scene on the 20th Century Fox lot, on a set replicating Lexington Avenue, and got a more satisfactory result.



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