Home » Arts & Entertainment » Movies » In the film Psycho (1960), a concern for the censors, was an actresses flushing a toilet, with its contents (torn-up note paper) fully visible the first time. No flushing toilet had appeared in mainstream film and television in the United States at that time.

In the film Psycho (1960), a concern for the censors, was an actresses flushing a toilet, with its contents (torn-up note paper) fully visible the first time. No flushing toilet had appeared in mainstream film and television in the United States at that time.

Psycho (1960 film)

This article is about the 1960 film. For the 1998 remake, see Psycho (1998 film). For the sequels, see Psycho (franchise).

Psycho is a 1960 American psychological horror thriller film produced and directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The screenplay, written by Joseph Stefano, was based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Robert Bloch. The film stars Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin and Martin Balsam. The plot centers on an encounter between Marion Crane, an embezzler on the run, and Norman Bates, the shy proprietor of a secluded old motel, and its aftermath.

Psycho was seen as a departure from Hitchcock’s previous film North by Northwest, as it was filmed on a lower budget in black-and-white with crew members from his… Continue Reading (41 minute read)

7 thoughts on “In the film Psycho (1960), a concern for the censors, was an actresses flushing a toilet, with its contents (torn-up note paper) fully visible the first time. No flushing toilet had appeared in mainstream film and television in the United States at that time.”

  1. Kitsune9Tails

    Ah 1950s and 60s era censorship! No uncovered body parts, no toilets, no sleeping in the same bed. No pregnancies. No cursing. Those people would have a stroke today. LOL

  2. HarlanCulpepper

    The Brady kids didn’t even have a toilet in their shared bathroom. Six kids, 1 bathroom, no toilet.

  3. Calichusetts

    So this was the start to the downfall of humanity.

  4. stateofyou

    One thing that I found strange when I was living in the states, people really tried to avoid the word “toilet”. Why would you call it the bathroom if there’s no bath?

  5. AdvocateSaint

    I really wanna know how these people would have reacted to *The Human Centipede*

  6. Raskel_61

    The first toilet flush heard on TV was on “All in the Family” in the 70’s. Pretty controversial at the time.

  7. BluePillsRedPills

    Other fun fact: they used chocolate as ‘blood’ in the movie, the color doesnt matter because it’s a black white movie.

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