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Copyright records list the title without punctuation. Swim, Girl, Swim marked the only non-documentary film appearance of noted American swimmer Gertrude Ederle (1905--2003), a gold and bronze medal-winning Olympian, who, on 6 Aug 1926, became the first woman to swim across the English ... More Less

Copyright records list the title without punctuation. Swim, Girl, Swim marked the only non-documentary film appearance of noted American swimmer Gertrude Ederle (1905--2003), a gold and bronze medal-winning Olympian, who, on 6 Aug 1926, became the first woman to swim across the English Channel. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
11 Sep 1927
p. 6.
New York Times
5 Sep 1927
p. 13.
Variety
7 Sep 1927
p. 20.
DETAILS
Release Date:
17 September 1927
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 3 September 1927
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
Copyright Date:
17 September 1927
Copyright Number:
LP24428
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,124
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Alice Smith, a plain and serious university co-ed, is wholly engrossed, it would appear, in chasing butterflies and rare insects under the guidance of her friend, Mr. Spangle, Ph. D., though she secretly yearns to be an athlete and thus win the admiration of Jerry Marvin, a popular schoolmate. She takes up swimming, making herself the campus joke because of her ideas on the subject, which result from the malicious influence of Helen Tracey. She is persuaded to enter a channel swim, but en route she is relieved by Spangle's boat; through a heavy fog, Spangle maneuvers the boat unwittingly in the direction of the finish line; and when they collide with a fishing boat, Alice is thrown into the water and is acclaimed the winner. Jerry begins to fall for her as a result and introduces her to Gertrude Ederle, who trains Alice in swimming; learning of the previous deception, Jerry rejects her, then relents when she enters another race and wins on her own ... +


Alice Smith, a plain and serious university co-ed, is wholly engrossed, it would appear, in chasing butterflies and rare insects under the guidance of her friend, Mr. Spangle, Ph. D., though she secretly yearns to be an athlete and thus win the admiration of Jerry Marvin, a popular schoolmate. She takes up swimming, making herself the campus joke because of her ideas on the subject, which result from the malicious influence of Helen Tracey. She is persuaded to enter a channel swim, but en route she is relieved by Spangle's boat; through a heavy fog, Spangle maneuvers the boat unwittingly in the direction of the finish line; and when they collide with a fishing boat, Alice is thrown into the water and is acclaimed the winner. Jerry begins to fall for her as a result and introduces her to Gertrude Ederle, who trains Alice in swimming; learning of the previous deception, Jerry rejects her, then relents when she enters another race and wins on her own merits. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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