Johnny Weissmuller, Johnny Sheffield, and Newt Perry during filming of "Tarzan Finds a Son!" - Silver Springs, Florida

Johnny Weissmuller, Johnny Sheffield, and Newt Perry during filming of "Tarzan Finds a Son!" - Silver Springs, Florida

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/35939
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Title

  • Johnny Weissmuller, Johnny Sheffield, and Newt Perry during filming of "Tarzan Finds a Son!" - Silver Springs, Florida

Image Number

  • RC13637

Year

  • 1938

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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.

Title of Work

  • Tarzan Finds a Son! (Motion picture)

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Physical Description

  • 1 photoprint - b&w - 7 x 5 in.

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Shelf Number

  • Shelf number: 16222.

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Johnny Weissmuller, Johnny Sheffield, and Newt Perry during filming of "Tarzan Finds a Son!" - Silver Springs, Florida
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