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Dangerous When Wet (1953)

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

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Katie Higgins
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André Lanet
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Windy Weebe
Charlotte Greenwood ...
Ma Higgins
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Gigi Mignon
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Pa Higgins
Donna Corcoran ...
Junior Higgins
Barbara Whiting ...
Suzie Higgins
Bunny Waters ...
Greta
Henri Letondal ...
Joubert
Paul Bryar ...
Pierre
Jack Raine ...
Stuart Frye
Richard Alexander ...
Egyptian Channel swimmer
Tudor Owen ...
Old Salt
Ann Codee ...
Mrs. Lanet
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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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MGM's splashy Technicolor musical! See more »


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Release Date:

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

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

References The Cat and the Mermouse (1949) 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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"There ain't no flies on my mince pies."
6 July 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Katie Higgins (Esther Williams) is the eldest daughter of a dairy-farming family of health nuts. Health tonic promoter Windy Weebe (Jack Carson) convinces her to enter a contest to swim the English Channel. After arriving in Europe, Katie finds herself pursued by a dashing Frenchman (Fernando Lamas). This is one of Esther's best movies. She's gorgeous here, as she always was -- the Queen of Technicolor. The cast is great. Highlights include Barbara Whiting's performance of the cheeky song "I Like Men," Esther's famous underwater ballet with Tom & Jerry, and pretty much every scene with William Demarest. It's a very funny and charming musical comedy. A must-see for Esther fans.


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