CAST

Tom Ewell
Evelyn Keyes
Marilyn Monroe
Sonny Tufts
Robert Strauss
Oskar Homolka
DIRECTED BY

Billy Wilder
PURCHASE

Movie
Soundtrack
Book
Poster
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Time: 105 mins.
Rating: Not Rated
Genre: Romantic Comedy
CAPSULE REVIEW –– Generally, director Billy Wilder can do no wrong in my book, but I have to admit I just don't get the appeal of this picture. I understand that it stars our ultimate screen goddess, Marilyn Monroe, however, I believe that more people watch this movie to get a glimpse of her panties than to appreciate her lightly comic performance. Despite appearances, her role in this film is quite small. She isn't even given a name. The film is actually about a married, middle-aged ad exec, played by Tom Ewell, left alone for the summer and the trouble his active imagination gets him into. Well, that's the reason I don't really care for this piece. It's all talk with very little action. Sure, they try to bring his fantasies to life, but since the film mainly takes place in his tiny New York apartment they don't really have anywhere to go. This flick was adapted from the stage and boy does it show. I know it's a character piece, but Ewell isn't likable enough for me to care. Who wants to watch an egotistical, schlub talk about how cool he is? The only times this film is remotely entertaining is when Marilyn is onscreen. Not necessarily because of her performance, though she is quite good as everyman's fantasy girl, but because Ewell actually does something other than talk to himself. For her part, Marilyn brings energy, sex appeal, heart and silliness to the rather mundane goings on. She's the best thing about this movie. Fans of Monroe and Wilder will not be disappointed, others will probably be left wondering what all the fuss is about.