Saturday, January 22, 2011

Dripping Yarn

In London it's thought of as rude
To go for a dip in the nude
But naked cavorting
Brings ape men a-courting
And in jungles one can't be a prude.

Johnny Weissmuller and Maureen O'Sullivan's naked body double frolic underwater in Tarzan and His Mate (Cedric Gibbons, 1934). In a scene that is decidedly pre-code, Tarzan rips off Jane's clothing and pushes her into the water. Johnny Weissmuller was an Olympic swimmer and won 5 gold and one bronze medal. Watch this astonishing scene on Youtube, here.

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