The Wild Women (and men) of wongo

Whitey Hart

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barbara and whitey

Goona woman Barbara Lee Babbitt and Wongo man Whitey Hart meet, and it is love at first sight.

T. Whitey Hart (know professional as Whitey Hart) was a professional diver and acrobat who started out as a member of the teenage troupe The Aquazines who, in the early 1940s, would perform diving and comedy routines at Astoria Pool as well as other New York area pools.

Whitey hart and the Aquazines

Whitey Hart (left with foot on other boy) was amember of The Aquazines as a teenager.


Later he joined gymnast Dick Gutting (aka Dick Gooding) and they created a professional trampoline act called Two Flips and a Flop, later simply called Dick Gooding and Whitey Hart. This partnership lasted for 20 years.


Whitey Hart, Dick Gutting and Jack Palance on the set of Greatest Show On Earth

Whitey Hart and Dick Gutting visit  Jack Palance on he set of the television show THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH.


Whitey also appeared with Johnny Weissmuller in the “aqua-vaudville” combo Watercade of 1950 which opened in Cincinnati Garden.

Whitey Hart Watercade of 1950


In WILD WOMEN OF WONGO Whitey plays one of he not-so-handsome men of Wongo, whose beautiful women have ditched them for greener pastures.


barbara whitey and burt

Barbara Lee Babbitt, Whitey Hart, and Burt Parker in WILD WOMEN OF WONGO

Author: Mike Barnum

I am a lifelong lover of films, with a taste for movies of all genres, new and old, as well as pop culture from around the world. I currently write for the U.S. based film magazines CLASSIC IMAGES and FILMS OF THE GOLDEN AGE and have also been published in FILMFAX, SCARLET STREET, and VIDEO WATCHDOG.

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