Swimming naked in the 1930’s wasn’t that uncommon – some people objected. Seems we are more prudish today. Lighten up everyone. Au Natural…
In this scene from Johnny Weissmuller’s second feature film, Tarzan and His Mate, Jane goes swimming naked with her jungle lover. The producers got away with this at first due to the fact that the FCC had not yet been created; however, the scene was quickly removed due to complaints from religious groups and mad mothers.
Note the small breast size of Underwater Jane as compared to the more buxom Landlubber Jane. That’s because Maureen O’Sullivan did not perform in this particular scene. Instead, Olympic swimmer Josephine McKim was used as a double for Miss O’Sullivan. The decision was not made because of any modesty issues. The skimpy costume Maureen wears throughout the film proves that she wasn’t shy about showing her body. It was simply agreed that the grace of a professional swimmer would be more pleasing for the audience.
Maureen’s revealing jungle costume in Tarzan and His Mate was another thing that drew complaints from the bluenoses; therefore, in all future Tarzan films, Jane’s body was to be significantly more covered up.
Thanks to Ted Turner for putting this classic scene back into the classic film where it belongs.
Swimming naked is a tradition. In times gone by it was the normal thing to do. The term skinny dipping had to do with skin, all skin showing while one dipped. It’s my favorite way to swim, how about you?