Tad's Swimming Hole

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.

Tad's Swimming Hole
Directed byKing Vidor
Produced byJudge Willis Brown
Written byJudge Willis Brown
StarringErnest Butterworth
Boy City Film
Distributed byGeneral Film Company
Release date
  • February 20, 1918 (1918-02-20)
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


  • 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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