The Seven Year Itch

Go to hell, you old bastard. — C.J. Ramone, “Rosebud”

First off: take a good, hard look at the Burns shot for twenty seconds or so. Truly unsettling—good job, animators.

The iconic Marilyn Monroe-subway grate scene comes from The Seven Year Itch, a 1955 comedy about infidelity and the human imagination. Monroe plays the foul temptress; she has some pretty good quotes.

The filming of the famous subway grate scene evidently required a bit of work for the director, as the assembled crowd of slack-jawed gawkers refused to stay silent during the constant Monroe upskirt show.

Can’t say I blame them. Also, as you’ll note in the above photo, the address of the subway grate itself is between 590 and 592 Lexington Avenue, Manhattan; drop by if you’re ever in the area.

Finally, it’s also worth noting that the real-life “seven year itch” is apparently a colloquialism for scabies. Not so elegant.

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3 Responses to The Seven Year Itch

  1. Duke Phillips says:

    Thing is, those two photos weren’t taken at the same location. First pic shows her in front of a firehose hookup and concrete wall, second in front of a glass door/ storefront. But yea, they both say 590, so maybe they moved a few grates down before they found a decent breeze?

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