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Initial post: Aug 26, 2010 9:19:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 26, 2010 9:22:43 PM PDT
In this hectic 'shower and go' world, isn't it nice that somewhere folks are soaking easily in the tub, even if that somewhere happens to be on the silver screen.
It's surprising how many movies include at least one bathtub scene.
Often the tub overflows with soap suds.

What are YOUR favorite movie bathtub scenes?
Here's a few of mine:

A well-oiled Dudley Moore wears a top hat in the tub in ARTHUR (1981).

Lee Remick in an ornate portable tub in THE HALLELUJAH TRAIL (1965).

Mel Gibson and Jim Garner in separate tubs, from MAVERICK (1994).

Marilyn Monroe in THE SEVEN YEAR ITCH (1955).

Evil multi-millionaire Biff Tannen in BACK TO THE FUTURE Part II (1989).

And my all-time favorite, from LI'L ABNER (1940):

Pansy Yokum vigorously scrubs her sobbing husband as he squirms in a rough wooden tub. Lucifer (Pappy) giggles when Pansy (Mammy) rubs the brush over his toes. Next, Pansy dumps the family's pet pig in with Lucifer. The little hawg splashes and squeals loudly. Lucifer ruefully says, "No use complainin' Salomey. Won't do yah no good."

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2010 6:05:41 AM PDT

Joan Blondell in the tub when Cagney breezes
into the bathroom like it's his in BLONDE CRAZY (1931).


In reply to an earlier post on Aug 27, 2010 10:54:16 AM PDT
That's a good one. :?D

Here's another:
John Lennon in a sudsy tub in A HARD DAY'S NIGHT (1964). He plays with a toy sub while speaking German. The group's manager pulls the plug and John seems to vanish down the drain. Only a pile of suds remains.

Posted on Aug 28, 2010 11:59:28 AM PDT
J.Espresso says:
I don't suppose Janet Leigh in Psycho counts, does it?

Posted on Aug 28, 2010 12:04:37 PM PDT
tk421 says:
A touching scene with Albert Finney and Jessica Lange in BIG FISH (2003).

Francis and Pee Wee battle in a giant tub in PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE (1985).

Both, by the way, are Tim Burton films.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2010 12:19:17 PM PDT
J.Espresso--! Memorable though PSYCHO may be. lol

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2010 12:19:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 29, 2010 9:17:01 AM PDT
Excellent examples, thanks!

Ooh, I've got a goodie:
In Stanley Kubrick's A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (UK/USA-1971), Alexander DeLarge soaks in a tub while the man he previously attacked listens to his "Singin' in the Rain" and realizes who Alex is: the thug that so badly assaulted his wife she later died.

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 2:26:56 AM PDT
Reader says:
Those romantic and poignant moments between the characters played by Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz in THE FOUNTAIN by Darren Aronofsky! She is dying and he just discovered that the end seems nearer than expected - but he is determined to find a cure for her disease. A very vital moment in this glorious movie of love and death!

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 6:23:29 AM PDT
IronPam says:
... i liked danny glover in lethal weapon 3 ... he was in the tub twice & adorable both times ... no academy award stuff ... but fun nonetheless ...

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2010 10:18:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 29, 2010 10:22:29 AM PDT
Riggs and Murtaugh share that tub during the bomb scene :?)

Clint Eastwood related bathtub scenes:
In THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY (1966), a one-armed gunslinger tries to kill Tuco while he's bathing.

In THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY (1995), Francesca lies in the tub and fantasizes about Clint, who had just bathed before her.

Little Billy Curtis helps cigar-chompin' Clint (as the Stranger) with his bath in HIGH PLAINS DRIFTER (1973). Marianna Hill (Callie) comes in and tries to shoot Eastwood.

In TWO MULES FOR SISTER SARA (1970): a naked Shirley MacLaine, a fully-clothed Eastwood and a tub of soapy water.

There's two more that I'm not certain of.

Rojo (the bad guy) bathes in A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS (Italy/Spain/W Ger.-1964).

A gunman is shot while Clint's in the tub.
Not sure which western that's from.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2010 11:09:06 AM PDT
IronPam says:
... oh annie you are correct ... i forgot about the bomb scene ...

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2010 11:58:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 29, 2010 12:01:12 PM PDT

James Cagney & Frank McHugh mixing up
a batch of bathtub hooch in THE ROARING TWENTIES (1939).


Posted on Aug 29, 2010 12:16:51 PM PDT
Claudette Colbert in "Sign of the Cross" Empress Popea up to her neck in ass's milk. Best bath in film history!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2010 1:29:45 PM PDT
Tom and Bruce--
Two excellent tub moments! :?)

Here's a few:
Liz Taylor in CLEOPATRA (1963)
Jayne Mansfield in PROMISES! PROMISES! (1963)
Sissy Spacek in CARRIE (1976)
Nancy Allen in DRESSED TO KILL (1980) (watch out!!!)
An outdoor bath for Stella Stevens in THE BALLAD OF CABLE HOGUE (1970)

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 5:22:51 PM PDT
John Larrick says:
How about Faye Dunaway and Dustin Hoffman in "Little Big Man" ?

Posted on Aug 29, 2010 6:07:14 PM PDT
Jim Player says:
Hmmm...not quite a bathtub, but Julie Warner coming out of the river in Doc Hollywood makes me tingle....shame on me!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 29, 2010 8:26:22 PM PDT
Oh yah, I remember that! :?)

If it was a POND, you could almost call that a tub. lol

I imagine there's bathtub scenes with animals: a dog being washed or a chimp or even a seal splashing around in one, but I can't recall a specific example.

Posted on Aug 30, 2010 9:02:07 AM PDT
Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson in "Missouri Breaks." I don't want to give any spoilers at all except to say it's a fascinating showdown between a good badguy and a bad goodguy. It's sort of up to you to decide which is which. Very worthwhile film.

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 10:21:33 AM PDT
More bathtub moments:

Nancy's bottomless tub in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM ST. (1984)

Madison the mermaid's enormous tail in SPLASH (1984)

A very naked Kathy Bates in her outdoor hot tub: ABOUT SCHMIDT (2002)

A fully clothed, very drunk Paul Newman in THE STING (1973)

Kevin Costner in BULL DURHAM (1988)

Julia Roberts in PRETTY WOMAN (1990)

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 2:39:27 PM PDT
raja99 says:
Although she's taking a shower when she bites the bullet, Janet Leigh is nevertheless in a tub in PSYCHO.

David Morse in INSIDE MOVES.

Wasn't there a seal in a tub in SPAWN OF THE NORTH? Or am I thinking of 20,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA.

Glenn Ford and Jack Lemmon in separate tubs in COWBOY.

Goldie Hawn in WILDCATS.

Jack Nicholson meets the ghastly woman in a tub in THE SHINING.

If I'm not mistaken, Fred MacMurray in THE EGG AND I.

Ben Johnson and Warren Oates in THE WILD BUNCH.

Linda Blair in THE EXORCIST.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2010 2:58:21 PM PDT
Now that's a fine rubadub list!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2010 3:32:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 1, 2010 4:17:12 PM PDT
Gorgar says:
Annie, the writer's wife in Clockwork Orange died from pneumonia. Mr. Alexander states that 'the doctors said she died from pneumonia', but he ultimately blamed Alex for her death.
Alex and his Droogs kicked the c/r/a/p out of the writer, not his wife.
Mr. Alexander was wheelchair-bound as a result of the mayhem. Great performance by one of my favorite actors, Patrick Magee, btw.

Mr. Alexander's bodyguard was non other than David Prowse, the BODY of Darth Vader! :^)

(edit) After checking references to the brutal rape in the novel, I do agree Mrs. Alexander died from the encounter. It's odd, though, that the doctor told Mr. Alexander she "died from pneumonia". Seems like an unresolved plot point?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2010 3:36:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 1, 2010 3:37:42 PM PDT
Gorgar says:
The scene in Gummo where Nick Sutton is eating spaghetti in the tub sticks in my mind like Lepage's. That scene was parodied by Greg The Bunny to perfection!

Oh yeah! Don Johnson gets a rather 'rough' bath in A Boy And His Dog!

Posted on Sep 1, 2010 6:06:12 PM PDT
John Larrick says:
Not really a bathtub but Paul Newman as "Harper" in the drowning scene in "The Drowning Pool". Good flick!!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2010 9:09:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jan 30, 2012 12:42:40 AM PST
I used "badly assaulted" in place of something more graphic. It wasn't meant to mean beaten up. My language is unclear. That Mrs. Alexander would've lived had Alex and his droogs never been in that house is almost certain.

Interesting bit of trivia: the girl that walks past Alex at the beginning of the record store scene is Stanley Kubrick's step-daughter, Katarina. She designed the steel teeth for Jaws in the 007 film THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (UK/USA-1977).

All told, I've seen A CLOCKWORK ORANGE upwards of 40 times in nearly as many years. :?)

*(seething) Frank Alexander: "She was very badly raped, you see! We were assaulted by a gang of vicious young hoodlums in this house! In this very room you are sitting in now! I was left a helpless cripple, but for her the agony was too great! The doctor said it was pneumonia; because it happened some months later! During a flu epidemic! The doctors told me it was pneumonia, but I knew what it was! A VICTIM OF THE MODERN AGE! Poor, poor girl!"
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