Interiors from the film Tommy, 1975

Tommy, The Movie, 1975, Ann Margret in White Ball Chair

Ann Margret as Nora Walker Hobbs in Ken Russell’s 1975 film “Tommy.” This scene, not to mention the whole film, was absolutely formative for me (and apparently I’m not alone). It opens with a drunk Nora watching TV in her all-white glam boudoir. On the TV screen is an ad for baked beans—”Fit For A Queen”—as well as soap and chocolate. When she throws a champagne bottle through the TV set, soap suds, chocolate and baked beans pour out into the white bedroom. Laughing, she writhes around in the surreal, psychedelic mess.

Ann Margret swimming in baked beans, from the movie Tommy, 1975

Ann Margret, Roger Daltrey, pinball wizard

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2 Responses to “Interiors from the film Tommy, 1975”

  1. John Hopper Says:

    It’s such a long time since I’ve seen this movie that I’d forgotten about the sets. The first still is very mid-1970s Art Deco. Ken Russell, bless him, is one of our eccentric national treasures, and like so many British treasures, largely ignored.

  2. Brad Heaney Says:

    I’m your huckleberry. Absolutely, my favorite scene. Ann Margaret. Made me like baked beans all the more. Ken Russell is a favorite of mine too, John.

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