"Newt" Perry swimming underwater for Grantland Rice's first underwater film - Silver Springs, Florida

"Newt" Perry swimming underwater for Grantland Rice's first underwater film - Silver Springs, Florida

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/149946
(please include photographer's name when noted).

Title

  • "Newt" Perry swimming underwater for Grantland Rice's first underwater film - Silver Springs, Florida

Image Number

  • N041867

Year

  • 1924

Date Note

  • Newt was 16 years old when photographed.

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.
  • Note from photonegative : "First underwater picture."

    Biography Note

  • Note from sleeve : Grantland Rice called him "the best all-around swimmer in America." He trained many of the Nation's swimming stars. He developed the water ballet team at Weeki Wachee Springs, and coached actors and actresses for swimming roles."

Physical Description

  • 1 photonegative - b&w - 4 x 5 in.

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