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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
Jack Raine ...
Stuart Frye
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Egyptian Channel swimmer
Tudor Owen ...
Old Salt
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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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Traversons La Manche  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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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 »

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During the animated sequence, when Katy and the octopus are sitting together at the table, watch carefully when she moves to remove the octopus's tentacle from her shoulder - her hand passes straight through the tentacle instead of over it. 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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Ain't Nature Grand
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Esther Williams and Fernando Lamas
Also sung by Barbara Whiting
Also sung by Jack Carson and Denise Darcel
Also sung and danced by Charlotte Greenwood and William Demarest
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The Promoting Instincts Take Over
19 January 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In Dangerous When Wet Esther Williams finds herself the oldest daughter of three in the Ozark family of William Demarest and Charlotte Greenwood, her sisters being Donna Corcoran and Barbara Whiting. Medicine show salesman Jack Carson is passing by and all the clichés about the farmer's daughter start occurring.

When Carson comes calling Demarest starts bragging about his family all being physical culturists, Ozark style. When he gets to talking about Esther Williams swimming the Chattahoochee River which is nowhere near the Ozarks, Carson gets interested. He's peddling some kind of snake oil medicine, but he sees Esther swimming the English Channel he sees her as one tasty bit of advertising. Carson's libido ain't totally put on hold.

But he's cooled down a might when Esther meets a romantic Frenchman played by Fernando Lamas. Their real life marriage came much later. Not to worry because a French Channel swimming aspirant Denise Darcel has her eyes on Carson.

Dangerous When Wet is best known for a dream sequence where Esther does a water ballet with Tom and Jerry and some other cartoon characters. In her memoirs Esther says that one of her least favorite experiences was with Gene Kelly who gave her an awful time in the dance numbers in Take Me Out To The Ballgame. The muscles she developed as a swimmer were not conducive to dancing as she explained and Kelly knew this and still gave her a bad time. One of his innovations was a ballet with Tom and Jerry in Anchors Aweigh. I think Esther decided to show him that she could do what he could in her own field. And Esther certainly succeeded.

Jack Carson is his usual braggart type and William Demarest and Charlotte Greenwood show a thing or two with a little soft shoe they do. All and all Dangerous When Wet is a great example of the MGM musical and an Esther Williams water spectacular rolled into one.


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