Cameraman Russ Erving standing in underwater filming bell at Wakulla Springs

Cameraman Russ Erving standing in underwater filming bell at Wakulla Springs

Credit this photo: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/36648
(please include photographer's name when noted).

Title

  • Cameraman Russ Erving standing in underwater filming bell at Wakulla Springs

Image Number

  • RC14919

Year

  • 1941

Date Note

  • Photographed in April 1941.

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.
  • Later named the Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park when the state purchased it in October 1985.
  • Accompanying note: "Newt. Perry propelling the 'Hole in the water' for cameraman."

Physical Description

  • 1 photoprint - b&w - 8 x 10 in.

Subject Term

Geographic Term

Personal Subject

Shelf Number

  • Shelf number: 16352d.

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