The Theater: New Play in Manhattan, Dec. 1, 1952

The Seven Year Itch (by George Axelrod) bagged a batch of fine reviews on opening night. It possesses a lively popular theme. It is full of humorous, situations. It boasts an engaging leading man. What it lacks, unfortunately, is any real merit as a play.

The story concerns Richard Sherman, a married New Yorker whose wife is away for the summer. Married for seven years and on earth for almost 40, he has reached that half-wolfish, half-mousy point when the eye begins to wander but the ego to worry, when Caspar Milquetoast sounds an...

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