The Seven Year Itch: Consumerism, Gender Roles, Sexuality & 1950’s America

Wilder, Monroe, and Ewell on the set of The Seven Year Itch. New York City, 1954.

(This essay focuses on my favorite Marilyn Monroe film, The Seven Year Itch, and discusses the ways in which the film reflected the mainstream cultural landscape of America, as well as the ways it helped shaped it.) Billy Wilder’s 1955 film, The Seven Year Itch, manages to capture a nation on the brink of a … Continue reading

Gary Cooper, Gene Krupa, Howard Hawks & Billy Wilder: Balls of Fire (1941)

The following clip is an exert from the Howard Hawk’s 1941 film, Balls of Fire, which was written by Billy Wilder and features Gary Cooper, Barbara Stanwyck, Dana Andrews, and famous drummer/bandleader, Gene Krupa. In this clip, Professor Potts (Gary Cooper), an ivory-tower lexicographer interested in youth culture slang, visits a night-club where Sugarpuss O’Shea … Continue reading

The Seven Year Itch: Sex, Consumerism, & The Post War Nation

Billy Wilder’s 1955 film, The Seven Year Itch, manages to capture a nation on the brink of a sexual revolution, a cultural uprising in consumerism, and the state of mainstream entertainment. Through the relationship of pulp novelette executive, Richard Sherman (Tom Ewell), and his voluptuous upstairs neighbor, who is referred to only as The Girl … Continue reading