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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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Cast

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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
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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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3 July 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

During the animated sequence Tom the cat and Jerry the mouse are both wearing green swim fins. Jerry falls into a clam which closes on him. It opens immediately and Jerry is no longer wearing the fins. A second later he has the fins on again. 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 The Swimsuit Issue (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

I Like Men
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Barbara Whiting
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OK vehicle for the talents of Esther Williams...
21 January 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

A farm family from Arkansas is tapped to swim in a race across the English Channel as part of a health drink promotional campaign. MGM musical isn't smothered with the usual studio-gloss, and Esther Williams is spunky and likable, but the plot is still pretty thin. Esther's on-screen romance with Fernando Lamas generated sparks off-screen (they were soon married in real-life), yet only a smidgen of this chemistry makes it into the movie. It is probably best remembered for the wonderful dream sequence wherein Williams swims with various cartoon characters, including Tom and Jerry. Not too bad: **1/2 from ****


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