Psycho was the first movie to show a toilet flushing

The Psycho movie is regarded as the first American movie to show a toilet flushing. Reportedly, screenwriter Joseph Stefano was adamant in showing this to add realism to the movie but Hitchcock stated it must be needed in the script. Stefano then wrote the scene in which Marion Crane flushes evidence down the toilet.

Throughout the history of cinema, there have been many noteworthy movies that have reached important milestones and changed movies forever. 1927’s. The Jazz Singer was the first movie to feature someone talking. Jaws became the first movie to gross $100 million at the box office in 1975. And Wings became the first movie to win Best Picture in 1929.


At a time it was considered inappropriate to show a toilet being flushed on screen, Alfred Hitchcock saw an opportunity to add some extra shock to his already shocking film—presenting a scrap of paper, which proves an important clue, failing to flush in a toilet. In the book, the clue was an earring found in the bathroom, but Hitchcock changed it to a piece of paper actually in the toilet, partly to add an extra jolt for viewers.

The 1960 movie “Psycho”

“Pyscho”  is thought to be the first movie where a toilet is shown being flushed.  The momentous flushing took place just before Janet Leigh’s character takes a shower and subsequently gets stabbed to death.

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