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"The Seven Year Itch" (1955)

The Seven Year Itch was a highly successful Broadway play about an editor of pocket books, which we now call paperbacks and charge $20.00 for what was then a $0.25 book. He works in Manhattan, and sends his wife and son off to Main to escape the heat for the summer, while he remains behind to work. Then, he meets a young woman who sublets the apartment above his, has an affair with her, and spends the rest of the play dealing with the guilt. Everyone in Hollywood lusted after rights to the property. That did not escape the notice of the Hays commission, which had full censorship power, was probably upset that they had no control over stage productions, and wanted to get even with the writers for creating such filth.

Billy Wilder acquired the rights, signed with Fox, and then got cut off at the knees by Hays. Not only did Hays demand that the adultery be removed from the story, but they forced removal of some of the best lines in the play. Wilder proceeded, and created what was one of Monroe's sexiest performances anyway.

The film was a huge success, partly due to a publicity stunt during filming. There is a scene, now famous, where Marilyn is standing over a subway grating, and her skirt flies above her head. The location shoot was heavily publicized, and a huge crowd gathered, including Marilyn's husband, Joe Dimaggio. Marilyn had noticed in the dressing room that her panties were too transparent, and put on a second pair. Under the lights outside, two pair was not enough. In typical Marilyn fashion, they did take after take, with the crowd shouting lewd comments the entire time. Dimaggio left after a huge fight that night, and the couple divorced soon after. None of that footage was actually used in the film. The blowing skirt scene was re-shot on a set.

Had Hays not interfered, the film would have been far sexier. Were it shot today, there would certainly have been nudity. The film is really about the man (played by Tom Ewell, who also did the Broadway version), and what infidelity does to him, but Marilyn absolutely stole the film. There is a wide variety of cleavage and pokethroughs, a couple of possibly nude but not revealing shots, and an image of the original skirt blowing scene spliced together from the special features, which include two censored scenes, and a featurette on the making of the film.

Maltin says 3 stars, and IMDB readers have it at 7.2/10. Rotten Tomatoes calls it possibly her best film. It is a total treat, even after Hays got done with it. B.

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    "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953)

    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) is a musical comedy staring Marilyn Monroe and Rosalind Russell as best friends who work together as showgirls. Marilyn is very blonde, and a real gold digger, while Russell is brunette, and is more interested in love than money. Yet opposites attract, and they are best of friends. Marilyn is to sail to France to wait for her wedding to a millionaire who sends Russell along as a chaperone. His father, disapproving of the marriage, sends a private detective to gather dirt on Marilyn. Russell and the detective fall in love, which tends to complicate things. There is exactly one memorable song, Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend.

    This is the only film in the set that is 4/3 rather than anamorphic, as the original was not wide screen. The restoration is again excellent. Russell is actually a stronger screen presence in this film, but not by much. The film won both actresses a slab of cement at Grumman's Chinese. They left their prints in the same ceremony. Maltin says three stars, and IMDB readers say 7.1/10. The costuming is rather conservative compared to the other films in this set, but Marilyn still looks fabulous. Those who hate musical comedy may still find Monroe and Russell worth seeing. C+.

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  • Johnny Web (Uncle Scoopy)

    The Lost Son . I watched this noir detective film again, this time on DVD. As it turns out, that was a good move. There is a brief flash of Marianne Denicourt's rear that I had previously missed. I have come to like this movie. It uses the noir genre to attack some serious issues. 

    Blame it on Rio. A brainless movie, kind of a retelling of "10". A film that gets no respect. Nonetheless, an absolute feast for the eyes and ears. Watch this and not get a Woody when you first see the daughters topless on the beach. Listen to this and not feel your shoulders start to sway to the Brazilian music. Tell me you aren't interested in seeing Demi Moore with no breasts! If true, you need CPR. This movie is cool junk!

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    Encyclopedia, volume H, part 4 is updated

    Charlie's site is updated

    Graphic Response
  • Dominique Sanda stepping back in time to 1976 with these topless and full frontal scenes from "The Inheritance".

    Be sure to pay Graphic Response a visit at his website.

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    Maria Ford
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    All kinds of naughty bits in a wide variety of sex scenes from "The Key To Sex". Great job by Schmutzfink.

    Valentine Demy Obscure Euro 'caps by HBS Grafix from "Die Villa der Unershättlichen". But don't let that stop you from checking out the nudity! The breast exposure is top notch, and there are a few frames with a bit of frontal. But the big winner is the bum close up! Worth a look even if she isn't a house hold name.

    Kate Winslet A great collage from that silly little boat movie. Kate is topless, and there is even a bit of bum cleavage. Thanks to Pro.

    Blackshine's Fashion Scans
    A great batch today with very sexy images of some of the most super of the supermodels. No real nudity, but still lots of skin!

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  • Cindy Crawford, Links #3 and #4 are very nice. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)

  • Claudia Schiffer (1, 2)

  • Danielle Zinaich

  • Elisabeth Shue (1, 2)

  • Elle MacPherson (1, 2)

  • Eva Herzigova, link #1 is gorgeous. (1, 2, 3, 4)

  • Famke Janssen, it's true, her legs go all the way up!

  • Frederique, playing with her nipples

  • Georgina Grenville (1, 2)

  • Gwyneth Paltrow (1, 2, 3)

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