Steambath (1973)


TV adaptation of Bruce Jay Friedman’s off-Broadway play. Tandy, Merideth and assorted others unexpectedly wake up in a steambath with no easy exit. After spending some time there, it becomes clear that the steambath is a sort of Afterlife, where indifferent souls come to tell their stories to God who happens to be the attendant picking up the towels.

Director: Burt Brinckerhoff.
Writer: Bruce Jay Friedman..
Stars: Stephen Elliott, Bill Bixby, Kenneth Mars, José Pérez, Valerie Perrine, Herb Edelman, Neil J. Schwartz, Patrick Spohn, Peter Kastner, Art Metrano, Shirley Kirkes, Biff Elliot.
Composer: Lyn Murray.


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  1. Gene
    January 30, 2023

    To the extent that we can infer just from the runtime, this is likely _not_ the complete, unexpurgated version, as originally broadcast — on at least a few PBS stations ?

    • Jon W.
      January 30, 2023

      Hey Gene,
      Honestly I have no idea but what I can tell you is that this is the same copy that was released on DVD by Kultur Video (even tho in the back cover of the DVD they list it as “90 minutes”) in reality it’s 86 minutes like you see on this copy. There is a censored part at the beginning when Valerine is taking a shower that’s covered by a black bar but then there’s several parts when you can see her butt without any censoring and another brief boob shot later on also uncensored.

  2. Torin Doyle
    June 13, 2023

    I enjoyed this. I’ve always liked Bill Bixby since watching the TV show, ‘The Incredible Hulk (1978–1982)’.

  3. Torin Doyle
    June 13, 2023

    Near the end, the Attendant threatens Tandy (Bill Bixby’s character) that he’ll send him back to Earth with cancer. How sad that BB would die from that awful disease 20 years later.

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