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The Diving Girl (1911)

With her uncle she visits the seashore and goes bathing with a party of her brother's friends. Uncle also takes a dip and is annoyed at the perilous performance of the girl. He orders her ... See full summary »

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With her uncle she visits the seashore and goes bathing with a party of her brother's friends. Uncle also takes a dip and is annoyed at the perilous performance of the girl. He orders her from the water and locks her in her room, but brother releases her. He finally concludes that home is the best place for her, for there she will run no chance of drowning. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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21 August 1911 (USA)  »

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Released as a split reel along with the comedy The $500 Reward (1911). See more »

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Remade as The Water Nymph (1912) See more »

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Bright young thing reveals her assets
30 March 2017 | by See all my reviews

If you adore Mabel, then you'll simply love this chance to see Miss Gorgeous in her very un-edwardian swimsuit. In 1911 this skimpy bathing gear was regarded as almost pornographic, and when the churches began their assault on Mabel's character in 1924 they quoted this appearance as evidence of her debauchery. However, compared with Olympian swimmer Vera Thulin's sexy look of 1912 (replete with protruding nipples) Mabel appears somewhat tame by comparison. We might suspect that genius DW Griffth ordered the then voluptuous Mabel to be 'strapped down'. Mabel was filmed (supposedly) nude in 'Mickey' in the same year that Annette Kellermann went fully nude in 'A Daughter of the Gods. In all honesty Mabel was an Edwardian prude, and evidence for her allegedly diving into a ship's pool naked is lacking, although she often appeared (shock, horror!) on screen in pajamas and once in her undies (actually just a full length underdress).

This film is a good short by 1911 standards and gives Mabel a chance to exercise her fast-changing facial expressions (laughter to grimace, to pout) as well as her diving prowess, which is considerable. The message of the picture from director Mack Sennett is 'Stand aside you old maids and let the bright young things do their bit'. Of course, Mack Sennett realized the financial capital to be made from Mabel's lightly- covered body and later produced the similar (but with more story-line) film The Water Nymph.

The church might have thought Mabel obscene, but she was never on friendly terms with outright sex-bombs like Clara Bow. Mabel named her dog 'It Girl'.


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