We were wondering how many movies feature the stars of our favorite trade (plumbing), so we did a little research and came up with the list below. Have you seen any of these films? If not, grab some popcorn and have a marathon with your friends!
The Plumber (1979)
This Australian psychological thriller centers around Max, a plumber who enters the home of a young couple and claims he needs to fix their plumbing. Throughout the movie, though, he purposefully makes the bathroom worse instead of better. He won’t leave the wife alone and is eventually arrested. Yikes.
A Plumbing We Will Go (1940)
A classic Three Stooges mess around featuring Larry, Curly, and Moe, this short film shows the Stooges pretending to be plumbers in order to escape yet another arrest. Of course, they have no idea what they’re doing and completely ruin the water and electrical systems in a mansion. Ah, not again.
Super Mario Bros (1993)
The Nintendo brothers made it to the big screen in 1993. While the plot of the film has nothing to do with plumbing, that is technically the occupation of Brooklynites Mario and Luigi. This movie is considered one of the worst of all time, arguably just another reason to give it a watch.
The Passionate Plumber (1932)
Starring Buster Keaton, this early piece of American cinematography is one of the first rom-coms with actual sound. A French socialite hires a plumber as her fake boyfriend in order to make her lover jealous. Meanwhile, he is falsely accused of an assassination plot against a military leader. Man, we’ve all been there amiright?
The Seven Year Itch (1955)
This movie is the origin of the iconic image of Marilyn Monroe standing over a subway grate in the billowing white dress. In the film, she plays the part of an attractive neighbor tempting the married man downstairs (uh-oh). She describes her situation to a plumber, who ignores her beauty to get the job done (pictured in the image below).
Manchester by the Sea (2016)
In this critically-acclaimed piece, Casey Affleck isn’t a plumber, but he is a janitor. We still thought it worth including, as he is seen working with toilets. We even get a glimpse at the pipe setup in his van (below).
Who doesn’t love old-school Nicolas Cage (the main romantic interest)? This movie focuses on the love life of a woman, not on plumbing. However, her father, Cosmo Castorini, is a plumber who has this great quote:
“There are three kinds of pipe. There’s aluminum, which is garbage. There’s bronze, which is pretty good, unless something goes wrong. And something always goes wrong. Then, there’s copper, which is the only pipe I use. It costs money. It costs money because it saves money.”
This list is a good starting place, but we’d still like to see more plumbing protagonists featured in Hollywood!
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