Are You Feeling "The Seven Year Itch?"

By: R. White

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

When a married man is left home alone and there's a blonde beauty in the apartment upstairs, the urge to scratch that itch becomes almost more than a man can take. Take the quiz to see what you remember about the film!

The opening describes whose rituals and traditions?

The ritual of sending wives and children away in July so the Indian men can stay behind and set traps, fish, and hunt. It highlights how over the centuries, nothing has changed.

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Richard Sherman takes his wife and son to the train station. Where are they going for the summer?

This is a common practice of married men when the city is too hot in July. The husbands stay behind to work.

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Where does Richard Sherman have dinner the first night his wife is gone?

He has a vegetarian meal as a commitment to his wife that he would eat "properly." The waitress tells him his meal was only 260 calories.

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Who talks to Sherman about nudist camps and says, "Clothes are the enemy"?

The waitress at the vegetarian restaurant tells him all tips go toward the nudist camp. She is played by Doro Merande who appeared in many shows and movies, including "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "The Twilight Zone."

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On which book cover does Sherman suggest the neckline should be dropped on the women?

He shows a sample to Miss Morris and waves his pencil in the air to draw a lower neckline. Spicing up the visual appeal will sell more books.

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When Sherman first meets the beautiful neighbor, what does she have in her hands?

She buzzes the door to get in because her hands are full. The fan's cord gets stuck in the door and Sherman helps her.

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Whose apartment is the neighbor upstairs staying in for the summer?

The Kauffmans collect African art and have an apartment without air conditioning. Their apartment is separated from Sherman's by a fake ceiling at the top of the stairs.

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What item in the apartment gives away the fact that Sherman has a child?

Sherman falls on the skate more than once. He pretends to be single, but his neighbor tells him she likes married men.

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Which drink does Sherman NOT ever offer or give the girl from upstairs?

The first drink he makes her is a gin martini. She brings the champagne, and later he makes them both a Tom Collins. He drinks a raspberry soda when he is alone.

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When Sherman is psychoanalyzed in his office by Dr. Brubaker, what is he told?

Sherman tells the doctor he "terrorized" the woman while they were sitting on a piano bench. They fell over when he tried to kiss her.

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Sherman wants to rename the title of Dr. Brubaker's book. What is the new title?

Brubaker's book is about the repressed urges in middle-aged men. He is upset about the new title Sherman proposes.

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What does Sherman's wife often tell him?

In his imagined scenarios, his wife appears ghost-like and laughs at his imaginary explanations of things. He conjures several visions painting himself as a lady's man.

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What is unusual about the girl from upstairs?

Sherman introduces himself, but she never reciprocates. She does reveal she is 22 years old to his 38 years.

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Which Addams Family television series actor also played in this film?

Carolyn Jones played Miss Finch, a nurse who tries to seduce Ewell's character in the hospital. She is part of a series of imaginary lovers that Ewell conjures up.

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The neighbor mentions she was kicked out of a club. Why?

She posed in a bikini on the beach with driftwood. The photo appeared in US Camera; she offers to autograph his book with the photo.

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What is the name of the publishing agency for which Sherman works?

Brady and Company puts out 25 cent versions of books. Ewell helps make the books more appealing by sensationalizing the covers.

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Why does Sherman ask for two weeks off from work?

Sherman does not trust himself. The boss will not allow him to take time off, but instead encourages the idea of hanky-panky because his wife is also out of town.

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Sherman thinks playing Rachmaninoff's 2nd Concerto will appeal to the neighbor. What does she prefer?

Everything Sherman does to set a mood is in direct contrast with her tastes. The age and sophistication difference between them is apparent.

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Who says, "Isn't she a living doll!" regarding Monroe's character?

Ewell tries to shoo Mr. Krukulik out of his apartment, but the janitor sees Monroe's leg and comes in. He is bowled over by her physical appeal.

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While Monroe wore many white outfits in the movie, when she first comes down to Sherman's apartment, what color outfit is she wearing?

She wears a modest pink pantsuit for her drinks with Sherman, but she bares more as the story progresses.

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What comment does Sherman make that ruins the mood of the first evening with the neighbor?

Ewell imagined this scene and gets a chance to use this line, but it upsets the neighbor.

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Why does the janitor, Mr. Kruhulik, keep dropping by the apartment?

Mrs. Sherman asked him to get the rugs so the moths didn't get at them. The neighbor is there and Richard keeps turning him away to avoid scandal.

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Sherman tells his secretary he can manage his own breakfast. What does he say he made for himself?

Sherman is struggling to be alone and wants to show he is behaving and able to care for himself while his wife is away.

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What item does the neighbor NOT keep in the ice box?

She tells Sherman she keeps her underwear in there to stay cool. The champagne and chips are her groceries.

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The neighbor does commercials for what product?

In the commercial, Monroe's character says, "I stay kissing sweet, the Dazzledent way." It opens the door for Sherman to kiss her to test it out.

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Sherman takes his neighbor to see "The Creature from the Black Lagoon." What does she say about it?

She says the creature wasn't all bad. They are walking from the theater right before the scene where Monroe's dress billows in the subway breeze.

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Monroe's character tells Sherman she thinks he's what?

It is clear that Monroe's character could fall for Sherman. She admires his loyalty to his wife.

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The famous white dress blowing up from the subway grate scene was filmed on Lexington Ave. and 52nd Street but was later filmed on a movie set. Why?

The shot was done more than 10 times on the New York City streets. The blowing dress has become iconic.

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Why does the neighbor say she likes married men?

This is a surprise to Sherman, but puts him at ease for a little while. He does manage a few kisses throughout their friendship.

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What is the name of the man Sherman's wife mentions she is spending time with while in Maine?

Sherman imagines his wife might be having an affair with McKenzie. He stops by the apartment to pick up Ricky's paddle to take back to Maine.

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Mr. Kruhulik comments, "I wish ________________________"

Kruhulik comes to collect the rugs from Sherman's apartment and realizes a woman is there. He becomes embararassed by the intrusion and awkwardly tries to find an out.

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What is the message Monroe's character has for Sherman's wife?

The kiss is as much for Sherman as it is for herself. It puts closure on things before he heads off to Maine to join his wife.

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What other major event occurred in Monroe's life the year the movie was filmed (1954)?

Monroe's marriage to DiMaggio lasted only from 1954-1955. They remained friends until her death.

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Where did "The Seven Year Itch" first appear?

The play was later adapted to a movie version starring Bob Ewell and Marilyn Monroe. Ewell starred in the Broadway version and earned a Tony Award for the role.

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What is one major difference between the play and the movie?

Restrictions based on the Hays Code dictated appropriate behavior in films. It would have violated the rule “adultery must never be the subject of comedy or laughter."

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