By the Gods!

Bathsheba (Susan Hayward) takes a standing bath in DAVID & BATHSHEBA (1951)

This scene is slightly awkward in that this being a religious film they could't be too saucy about it and yet the whole point of this scene is too show skin. This film was made in response to the big success of SAMSON & DELILAH (1949). It was one the biggest hit of that year but it probably wasn't the big hit that 20th Century Fox expected. Depending on sources, the Cecil B. DeMille film made $28 million in rentals at the box office while this movie made $13 million. Another PEPLUM film, QUO VADIS, was the biggest hit of 1951.

Years ago, I made a massive compilation of 'Bathing Beauties' (and also Bathing Beefcake). I'll probably make an update of this and upload it to PEPLUM TV but Youtube will most likely try to censor it. Unlike the original compilation, I won't include Hollywood films like this one.

4 comments:

Scott Ochiltree said...

Thanks for the great photo!

I look forward to a new version of "bathing beauties."

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Anonymous said...

When David and Bathsheba was in production, Life magazine ran a full page color picture of Susan bathing behind a translucent screen. The censors objected and the scene was reshot to what you posted. David and Bathsheba was Fox's biggest hit that year. Zanuck was not disappointed.

PEPLUM TV said...

Well, that explains the awkwardness of this scene.