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Dangerous When Wet (1953)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 3 July 1953 (USA)
A young woman enters a contest to be the first to swim the English Channel.

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Katie Higgins
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André Lanet
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Windy Weebe
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Ma Higgins
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Gigi Mignon
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Pa Higgins
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Junior Higgins
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Suzie Higgins
Bunny Waters ...
Greta
Henri Letondal ...
Joubert
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Pierre
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Stuart Frye
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Egyptian Channel swimmer
Tudor Owen ...
Old Salt
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Mrs. Lanet
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Storyline

The health conscious, dairy-farming Higgins family begin each day with an invigorating swim. One day, traveling health-tonic salesman, Windy Weebe, comes to town and suggests they could swim the English Channel. Sponsored by "Liquapep" and coached by Windy, the family arrive in Europe. There it is decided that daughter Katie is the only one strong enough to enter the contest. But while she should be focused on the difficult and risky task ahead, Katie is pursed by dashing Frenchman, André Lanet... This comedic musical is well remembered for the scene when Katie dreams she is swimming with cartoon characters Tom & Jerry! Written by L. Hamre

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Traversons La Manche  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lead actress, Esther Williams married lead actor, Fernando Lamas sixteen years after Dangerous When Wet (1953) was being filmed. Esther Williams was married to her second (of four husbands), Ben Gage, while Dangerous When Wet (1953) was being filmed. See more »

Goofs

When Katie and André begin swimming in André's pool, there is no inner tube in the water. After swimming around for a little while, Katie swims up through the middle of the tube and André pulls her back under the water. See more »

Quotes

Katie Higgins: [shouting through the fog] Wendy. Wendy!
Windy Weebe: Katie where are you?
Katie Higgins: I'm on a yacht. With a Frenchman.
Windy Weebe: A Frenchman? Oh no.
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Connections

Referenced in Kendra on Top: Dangerous When Wet (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

I Got Out Of Bed on the Right Side
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Performed by William Demarest, Esther Williams, Charlotte Greenwood and Donna Corcoran
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Fans of Esther Williams, swimming and Tom and Jerry will be in heaven
24 January 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Even in films with not-much-to-write-home-about stories (though a good deal of her films are still worth watching), Esther Williams was always watchable and more, with her swimming talent on film second to none. Tom and Jerry are two of my favourite animated characters, as a lifelong fan of animation, and a legendary animated-comic duo. Have always loved musicals too.

Williams is captivating in how fetching she is and she radiates in charm, her swimming talent hardly wasted. She has very clear chemistry with Fernando Lamas (though she has had partners with a little more charisma than he), and wonderfully supported by a peppy Barbara Whiting, an energetic Jack Carson and a perfectly cast William Demarest and Charlotte Greenwood.

'Dangerous When Wet's' highlight is the sequence with Williams and Tom and Jerry, which is simply ingenious in every sense. Very close behind are Whiting's "I Like Men" and the very determined and moving English Channel swim scene.

Furthermore, 'Dangerous When Wet' looks great, being beautifully photographed and designed and the colours are rich and colourful. The songs are not exceptional but they are very pleasant and put one in a good mood, but it's the way they're staged that elevate them to a better level.

The script is lively and perky enough, while Charles Walters directs competently. The story while meandering a little in pace towards the end makes for by far one of the more eventful, more plausible and more atmospherically warm and likable Esther Williams films.

Overall, great fun and charming, anybody who like Williams and Tom and Jerry shouldn't miss it. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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