6.3/10
678
17 user 8 critic

Dangerous When Wet (1953)

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

Director:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Comic-Con 2017: All Aboard the IMDboat

 | 

July 20 to 23, 2017

Get entertainment news, trailer drops, and photos with IMDb's coverage of 2017 San Diego Comic-Con featuring host and IMDboat captain Kevin Smith, including Saturday's live event.

Browse Our Guide to Comic-Con

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A swimsuit fashion designer is determined to protect her scatterbrained sister from a South American heart-breaker, but a case of mistaken identity complicates matters.

Director: Edward Buzzell
Stars: Esther Williams, Red Skelton, Ricardo Montalban
Biography | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Biopic of Australian swimming champ and entertainer Annette Kellerman. After overcoming polio, Kellerman achieves fame and creates a scandal when her one-piece bathing suit is considered indecent.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Esther Williams, Victor Mature, Walter Pidgeon
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A contrived misunderstanding leads to the breakup of a songwriter and his fiancée. She returns to work as a gym teacher at an all-girls school, but a legal loophole allows the man to enroll as one of her students.

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Red Skelton, Esther Williams, Basil Rathbone
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

While shooting on location in the South Pacific, a movie star is pursued by a handsome Naval officer who is convinced she is the girl for him.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Esther Williams, Peter Lawford, Ricardo Montalban
Easy to Love (1953)
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

An Aquatic performer tries to attract the man she loves.

Director: Charles Walters
Stars: Esther Williams, Van Johnson, Tony Martin
Easy to Wed (1946)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

To prevent a libel case against the paper, a reporter tries to compromise the reputation of a tycoon's slandered daughter.

Directors: Edward Buzzell, Buster Keaton, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Van Johnson, Esther Williams, Lucille Ball
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A swim teacher and a wealthy businessman are married after a brief courtship. A charming war hero falls in love with this newly-married woman, after her husband abandons her on their honeymoon for the sake of a business meeting.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Van Johnson, Esther Williams, Frances Gifford
Fiesta (1947)
Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When a matador leaves town to focus on his music, his twin sister takes on his identity in the bullfighting ring.

Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Esther Williams, Akim Tamiroff, Ricardo Montalban
Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A man from Ohio inherits a coconut plantation and falls in love with a half-American, half-Tahitian beauty. Song-and-swim musical ensues in the tropical paradise.

Director: Robert Alton
Stars: Esther Williams, Howard Keel, Minna Gombell
Adventure | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Fabius loves his beautiful but vulnerable city, Rome, and he also loves his beautiful but invulnerable fiancée, Amytis. Fascinated by the tales she has heard about Hannibal, who is about to... See full summary »

Director: George Sidney
Stars: Esther Williams, Howard Keel, Marge Champion
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Ellen Hallet is in love with her playboy boss, Douglas Morrison, but is too timid to do anything about it. To help her, her roommate Chris decides to step in and devises a plan. Chris ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Esther Williams, Van Johnson, John Lund
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The late, great impresario Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. looks down from Heaven and ordains a new revue in his grand old style.

Directors: Lemuel Ayers, Roy Del Ruth, and 5 more credits »
Stars: William Powell, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Katie Higgins
...
André Lanet
...
Windy Weebe
...
Ma Higgins
...
Gigi Mignon
...
Pa Higgins
...
Junior Higgins
...
Suzie Higgins
Bunny Waters ...
Greta
Henri Letondal ...
Joubert
...
Pierre
...
Stuart Frye
...
Egyptian Channel swimmer
...
Old Salt
...
Mrs. Lanet
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

MGM's splashy Technicolor musical! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

3 July 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Traversons La Manche  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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.
See more »

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
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
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


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?