20th Century Fox (Charles K. Feldman & Billy
W: George Axelrod & Billy Wilder [based on the play by
DP: Milton Krasner
Ed: Hugh S. Fowler
Mus: Alfred Newman
PD: Lyle Wheeler & George W. Davis
Cos: Travilla & Charles LeMaire
Marilyn Monroe (The Girl), Tom Ewell (Richard
Sherman), Evelyn Keyes (Helen Sherman), Sonny Tutts (Tom McKenzie), Oscar Homolka (Dr. Brubaker)
Although this film features one of Marilyn Monroe's most
iconic moments on the silver screen, it has not dated well at all. A rarity for a Billy Wilder film.
Tom Ewell may not get top billing but he plays the lead role
of Richard Sherman, a publisher whose wife and son have gone on holiday for the summer, while he stays at their Manhattan apartment where a beautiful tenant (known only as 'The Girl') subletting
the room upstairs becomes the object of his infatuation and a series of imaginary moments transpire between the two.
Though the film captures the culture and mannerisms of the
1950's, it's far too twee by modern standards and just doesn't dare to be brave enough.