Lost Footage of Marilyn Monroe in Iconic 'Seven Year Itch' Scene Surfaces After 63 Years
Her then-husband Joe DiMaggio reportedly stormed off the set at the time.
A lost piece of film history that shows Marilyn Monroe behind-the-scenes of that classic scene in The Seven Year Itch has resurfaced, more than six decades after it was captured.
The iconic movie moment, where the starlet's skirt blows up as she stands above a subway grate, is actually a reshoot of a much more risqué scene that was captured on the lost film and presumed lost forever.
The footage was shot 63 years ago at Lexington Avenue and 52nd street in New York City by a home movie buff who lived in the neighborhood. Now, his granddaughter is sharing it with the world.
Bonnie Siegler's grandfather, Jules Schulback, fled Nazi Germany in 1938.
“My grandfather always used to say that he shot Marilyn Monroe, that he filmed her at night,” she told Inside Edition.
His hobby was taking home movies all around his adopted city of New York and in September 1953, he heard that Monroe would be filming her new movie right around the corner.
"He went out at 1 a.m. with his Bolex movie camera and somehow managed to get right behind the director," his proud granddaughter said. "He was feet away from her and it was pretty impressive."
Her grandfather was actually one of thousands of men who showed up that night to watch Monroe as her skirt flew over her head.
And among the men watching, there was one guy there who wasn't too pleased with the situation – Monroe's then-husband, baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, who got so enraged he stormed off the set.
Supposedly he was so upset he beat the actress when she got back to their room at the St. Regis Hotel.
They divorced three weeks later.
"He told me the whole story growing up that Joe DiMaggio got angry that night," Siegler recalled. "It was wild and he had the footage, but I had never seen it."
Interestingly, director Billy Wilder never used any of the footage that he shot that night, says writer Helene Stapinski, whose article "The Lost Footage of Marilyn Monroe" appeared in The New York Times.
“It was really risqué. And it was not going to go over with the censors. I mean, her dress was over her ears,” she told Inside Edition.
The scene that ultimately appeared in the movie was actually shot back in a studio back in Hollywood.
After Siegler’s grandfather died at 92, she discovered the lost film in a plastic bag while cleaning out his apartment.
She said: “Everybody was pretty flabbergasted. It was nuts that we had this footage. I saw the footage and I was like, 'oh my God!'"
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