Gary Cooper in the bath, the Lubitsch touch…

tumblr_lmp0y1uLjt1qbex4ko1_500It’s supposed to be Louis the XIV’s, a gift to Claudette Colbert in the comedy Bluebeard’s Eighth Wife, and of course it breaks like an eggshell around lanky Mr. Cooper. Funny how differently men are portrayed in the bath…

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  1. April 30, 2014

    It does kinda look like he’s bathing in a Fabrege egg-knockoff, doesn’t it?

  2. April 30, 2014

    Very rococo and Fabrege! I can’t remember the details, but I think part of joke of the bathtub was that Cooper was an adorable lunk who had obviously been swindled… I’ll have to watch it again!

  3. April 30, 2014

    One of my first crushes — and my most recent (departed) dog was named after Gary Cooper. Tall, dark, handsome and brave. The dog was handsome, but far from brave. That tub would have terrified Coops!

  4. April 30, 2014

    I blame Cleopatra. If she had put Mark Antony in to the bath first we would have had an entirely different historical portrayal of men in baths. 😉

    • May 1, 2014

      I was just reading something about the baths in Ancient Rome, a daily tradition, in public—where you would spend hours exchanging stories and information. It sounds kinda nice…

      • May 1, 2014

        Well, if it were really confined to powdering one’s nose…however…

        As to secrets revealed, yes there are some doozie-of-details revealed in a pink marble “powder room” with gold plated fixtures!

      • May 1, 2014

        Presumably that sort of powder room is conducive to revelations. What happens to the world of secrets when it is faced with bland, stream lined, uber efficient, auto flushing, auto cleaning modern sanitation facilities?

      • May 1, 2014

        A friend just sent me a photo of a powder room in Japan that meets those specifications. Designed to get you in and out as quickly as possible.

    May 2, 2014

    Lubitsch. Oh my, I used to binge-watch his movies.

  6. July 23, 2015

    I think you’re hitting the bath theme pretty hard today! Not that this is a problem!

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