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Dangerous When Wet (1953)

 -  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

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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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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, 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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References The Cat and the Mermouse (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

I Like Men
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Barbara Whiting
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Esther swims with Tom & Jerry...so-so Williams flick...
1 June 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

MGM always released an Esther Williams movie as a bit of relaxing summer entertainment with the Swimming Sweetheart obliging everyone by looking pretty in a bathing suit as she plunges into those big swimming pools.

Here she plunges into the English Channel to compete for top prize. She's from a family of health addicts headed by William Demarest and Charlotte Greenwood (who happen to look foolish during some of their song-and-dance routines) and encouraged by coach Jack Carson. Denise Darcel is her romantic rival--but wait, she has Fernando Lamas, a dashing Frenchman, ready to offer her romance aboard his yacht. It's all quite watchable, if silly, and definitely not one of Esther's finest moments.

A memorable highlight is her underwater fling with Tom & Jerry that is fun to watch and dazzling to contemplate. But the film itself is a light, airy entertainment that is strictly a no-brainer guaranteed to please the masses. And Esther, as usual, looks gorgeous in and out of a bathing suit. Real life hubby, Fernando Lamas, however, comes across as one of her less versatile leading men, no matter how handsome he is.

The musical interludes are few and far between. None of them are remarkable. What the film needed was a lift from a song like "Baby, It's Cold Outside" (as in 'Neptune's Daughter'), but instead there are a few dreary numbers such as "Ain't Nature Grand?" and "In My Wildest Dreams". The channel swimming scenes will have you rooting for Esther as you huff and puff with her! Could have been better, but what the heck.


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