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Citizen-Times (Newspaper) - September 7, 1966, Cedar Rapids, Iowa A car 6 citizen times september 1 7966 Burt Lancaster learns to swim this will come As a Shock to Burt Lancas Ter fans the former circus acrobat whose screen career has encompassed Many rough an Tumble Rolls had to be taught to swim for his upcoming Pic Ture the swimmer noted for taking on the toughest physical assignments himself spurning us of a Stan tin the 52yearold film Star readily accepted the title role in the swimmer despite the fact that swimming certainly was not his Forte Lancaster new role required that he swim with nearly As much aquatic skill As a fish in the horizon pictures production based on John Cheevers new yorker Story the actor portrays a Playboy who on impulse decides to swim across his Home Pool by swimming Pool Dur ing this unique Odyssey the Enigma of his life is revealed through the people and meets born and reared in new York City Lancaster became a top athlete at Dewitt Clinton High school he attended new York University on a b scholar ship studying for a degree in physical education in his Sophomore year he left school arid joined a Small circus As an acrobat with partner Nick Cravat Dewite his arduous show business Start and subsequent film roles such As that in trap Eze requiring great muscular coordination and Effort Lancaster had to be taught a new athletic skill for the swimmer he engaged Robert Horn University of Cal Fornias head Swimm ing coach and a two time olympic games contestant to teach him of Lancaster Lack of a tutorial ability Horn said he swam Only with difficulty keeping his head out of the water and breathing improperly he do a flutter kick his style was strictly the East River Tion dog Paddie sides Troke and struggle to stay afloat under horns Tutelage started three months before Colo filming of the swimmer began the husky film Star Fin ally became proficient in the backstroke the Butterfly freestyle and underwater swimming racing turns and diving in the process of Mak ing the picture a Columbia release co produced by Roger Lewis and Frank Perry who directs the screen ply by his wife Eleanor Lancaster be came More muscular than Ever act lost 15 pounds constantly on camera his entire wardrobe Consi Yed of a pair of Nylon bathing trunks As usual Lancaster tackled his role in swimmer with All of his acting ability Mem Bers of the production company reported this is characteristic of ther screen Veteran whose love of acting helps make his varied portrayals so vividly real is tie Broadway Star Cor Nelia Otis Skinner and Barbara Loden a stage actress who made a hit in Arthur Millers after the fall on the new York stage also Are seen in the swimmer by Edgar Rice Burroughs and who Are they daddy j Ive designed More original costumes perfect he looks just like Tarzan there coming to Africa Polly to appear opposite Jingo in the then j Africa also after Many weeks of planning i b pompous and his film company arrive in Africa Nufi hey this place is Tamer than a Coffee House la this is my third trip to Africa poll you get belted when you least Hope youre More impressed by Africa than my daughter hey whats that2 with two horns what else a cow it is big or pompous finally some excitement of that thing is heaping Fok Paki serous any trouble or pompous hold then the rhinos catching up cant this jeep go faster youd better jump too Polly then with a thrust of its powerful neck deals the coup de the nearsighted Rhino keeps charging its moving enemy inflicting mortal wounds

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