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Mermaids-in-training with Newt Perry - Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida

Mermaids-in-training with Newt Perry - Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/149885
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  • Mermaids-in-training with Newt Perry - Weeki Wachee Spring, Florida

Image Number

  • N041804


  • 1948

Date Note

  • Photographed in March, 1948, during the filming of "Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid".

Series Title

General Note

  • Newt Perry worked as a performer and promoter for Silver Springs and managed Wakulla Springs before opening Weeki Wachee Springs, famed for its underwater mermaid shows, which Perry designed. He was also instrumental for the filming of MGM's "Tarzan Finds a Son!" (1939), originally titled "Tarzan in Exile", at Silver Springs and "Tarzan's Secret Treasure" (1941) at Wakulla Springs through his friendship with filmmaker Grantland Rice and actor-swimmer Johnny Weismuller (who played Tarzan). He also influenced Universal Studio's decision to film the "Creature from the Black Lagoon" and its two sequels in Florida (including Wakulla and Silver Springs) as well as the hiring of local swimmer Ricou Browning to portray the Creature. Perry spent much of his later life working as a swimming instructor in Ocala, Florida.
  • "Mr Peabody and the Mermaid" (1948) directed by Irving Pichel and starred William Powell as Mr. Peabody and Ann Blyth as the Mermaid. It was filmed at Weeki Wachee.
  • Note from sleeve: "Mermaids in training with operator of the spring and swimming/underwater diving coach Newton Perry."

Title of Work

  • Mr Peabody and the mermaid (Motion picture)

Physical Description

  • 1 photonegative - b&w - 4 x 5 in.

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