Schwartz, Delmore
August 1955
New Republic;8/8/55, Vol. 133 Issue 6, p22
Entertainment Review
The article focuses on the motion film "The Seven Year Itch." The film version of "The Seven Year Itch," George Axeirod's Broadway hit, has carried over enough of the play's sophisticated brightness to indicate the reasons lot the play's success the perfect fulfillment of the well known Broadway genre of gag, gag, punchline, epigram, and paradox, crackling like machines gun fire for three acts until everyone is exhausted, and everything but the next wisecrack is unreal. Despite the script's cleverness, the presence of Tom Ewell, who is a first rate comedian and Oscar Homolka, who has long been a first rate actor, the entire film continually misses fire and fizzies out, like defective fireworks. And the chief reason, doubtless, is Marilyn Monroe's radiant presence.


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