“I think it’s wonderful that you’re married! I think it’s just elegant!”
A married advertising executive (Tom Ewell) whose wife (Evelyn Keyes) and son (Butch Bernard) are away for the summer lusts after his voluptuous, seemingly available neighbor (Marilyn Monroe).
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Billy Wilder Films
- Dumb Blondes
- Evelyn Keyes Films
- Marilyn Monroe Films
- Marital Problems
- Play Adaptations
Response to Peary’s Review:
As Peary notes, this once-controversial Marilyn Monroe comedy is “much overrated, too talky and stagy, and only occasionally funny” — not to mention horribly dated. Tom Ewell’s “super-neurotic character” is simply annoying; his few redeeming moments occur during the ludicrous yet amusing fantasy sequences when he imagines himself as an irresistible lover. The real reason to watch this movie, naturally, is Monroe herself, who is in rare form playing a wide-eyed innocent with smoldering sex appeal. Unfortunately, fans will be disappointed to note that the famous “subway scene” doesn’t actually include the most well-known (full-body) shots of Monroe.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Marilyn Monroe’s sensual, comedic performance as Ewell’s object of desire
Monroe famously standing over a subway grating and allowing the wind to blow her dress up
- Ewell’s hilariously ridiculous fantasies
Yes. Though it hasn’t entirely stood the test of time, this movie nonetheless remains must-see viewing for all film fanatics.
- Controversial Film
- Historically Relevant