Tad's Swimming Hole

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Tad's Swimming Hole
Directed by King Vidor
Produced by Judge Willis Brown
Written by Judge Willis Brown
Starring Ernest Butterworth
Boy City Film
Distributed by General Film Company
Release date
  • February 20, 1918 (1918-02-20)
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)

Tad's Swimming Hole is a 1918 American silent short comedy film directed by King Vidor. It was the fourth of a series of twenty films funded by Judge Willis Brown as both moral lessons and promotional films.


  • Ernest Butterworth
  • Ruth Hampton
  • Guy Hayman
  • Ernest Butterworth Jr.
  • Thomas Bellamy


Like many American films of the time, Tad's Swimming Hole was subject to cuts by city and state film censorship boards. For example, the Chicago Board of Censors cut all closeups of naked boys facing the camera.[1]


  1. ^ "Official Cut-Outs by the Chicago Board of Censors". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 6 (12): 29. March 16, 1918. 

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