Saturday, May 9, 2009

More Trooper York Fan Service

TCM and I have a Twitter relationship now. (It was inevitable.)

So when I followed this tweet, I thought of Trooper York: TCM's five favorite bathtub scenes! Er, no, five favorite movies with bathtub scenes. (There's a difference, I'm sure.)

  1. SPARTACUS (1960)

  2. PILLOW TALK (1959)

  3. PRETTY WOMAN (1990)


  2. THE WOMEN (1939)
Not bad. I think I would've picked--er, excluding the late night Cinemax movies which often have some stirring bathtub scenes--some Westerns. When I think of baths in movies (before considering actual titles), I think of Westerns, movies set in Ancient Greece or Rome, or maybe Japan.

I've having trouble thinking of specific titles right at the moment. The Cheyenne Social Club? I think Fonda and/or Stewart bathe in that one. Clint Eastwood was always taking a bath, it seemed like. Even in Gran Torino! Caligula had a lot of scenes in and around a bath....

OK, here's one: My Neighbor Totoro. Great kids/family movie. Bathing is significant in that one. Though not as significant as in Spirited Away, which takes place in a bath house that services "demons". Both Hayao Miyazaki.

Nightmare on Elm Street. Great horror bath scene. David Cronenberg's Shivers (aka They Came From Within) had a horrifying bathtub scene used in some of the movie posters.

Actually, the more I think about it, the more horror bathtub scenes I can think of: The Shining, the absolutely horrifying drowning scene in The Changeling, Final Destination. Geeze, between Psycho for showers and these movies, it's amazing anyone ever gets clean.


  1. Hey, I need to create a "Trooper York Fan" facebook page! (I resisted facebook for a long time and finally got into it recently.)

    Anyway, there's also the shower scene tributes to Hitchcock in de Palma movies... Dressed to Kill, Carrie. Ugh, that one in Nightmare on Elm Street is gross.

  2. Hey I wanted to use some of those bathtubs scenes but I can't find a picture.

    Although you are hard pressed to find a better bathtub scene than Stella Stevens and Jason Robards in the Ballard of Cable Houge.

  3. Oh and when you start a Knox fan page let me know so I can sigh up.

  4. I liked the scene in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly where Tuco (Eli Wallach) is taking a bath when some guy who's hunting him down catches up with him and launches into some speech of revenge when Tuco pulls out the gun hanging around his neck (and submerged in the water) and kills him! Tuco's memorable phrase: "You're going to shoot, shoot, don't talk!"

  5. Ditto on the knox fan club. :)

  6. What about the shower scene in "Big Jake"?

    Kind of a reverse Psycho.


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