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Writer:
Dorothy Kingsley (writer)
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Release Date:
3 July 1953 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
MGM's splashy Technicolor musical! See more »
Plot:
A young woman enters a contest to be the first to swim the English Channel. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
NewsDesk:
(16 articles)
Esther Williams obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 7 June 2013, 4:02 PM, PDT)

Wet She's a Star, Dry She Ain't: Williams' Post-mgm Years
 (From Alt Film Guide. 6 June 2013, 3:57 PM, PDT)

Esther Williams Dead At 91
 (From WeAreMovieGeeks.com. 6 June 2013, 1:11 PM, PDT)

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Esher, Tom and Jerry, Fernando, and Where's Lana Turner? See more (11 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Esther Williams ... Katie Higgins

Fernando Lamas ... André Lanet

Jack Carson ... Windy Weebe
Charlotte Greenwood ... Ma Higgins

Denise Darcel ... Gigi Mignon

William Demarest ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmy Aubrey ... Bartender (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ... French Mayor (uncredited)
Michael Dugan ... Ad Lib (uncredited)
Aminta Dyne ... English Woman Guest (uncredited)
James Fairfax ... English Cab Driver (uncredited)
Ed Fury ... Hercules (uncredited)
Ben Gage ... Very tall swimmer (uncredited)
Mollie Glessing ... English Waitress (uncredited)
Arthur Gould-Porter ... English Steward (uncredited)
John McKee ... Photographer (uncredited)
Roger Moore ... Reporter (uncredited)
Patrick O'Moore ... Bob Gerrard (uncredited)
Reginald Simpson ... Reporter (uncredited)
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Directed by
Charles Walters 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dorothy Kingsley  writer

Produced by
George Wells .... producer
 
Original Music by
Albert Sendrey (uncredited)
George Stoll (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Harold Rosson 
 
Film Editing by
John McSweeney Jr. 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Jack Martin Smith 
 
Set Decoration by
Emile Kuri 
Edwin B. Willis 
 
Costume Design by
Helen Rose 
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sid Sidman .... assistant director
Carl 'Major' Roup .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... sound supervisor
 
Special Effects by
Irving G. Ries .... special effects
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Peter Ballbusch .... montage
 
Music Department
Skip Martin .... orchestrator
George Stoll .... musical director (as Georgie Stoll)
Scott Bradley .... composer: cartoon sequence (uncredited)
Albert Sendrey .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Joseph Barbera .... cartoons: Tom and Jerry
Billy Daniel .... choreographer
Alvord Eiseman .... color advisor: Technicolor
William Hanna .... cartoons: Tom and Jerry
Henri Jaffa .... technicolor color consultant
Fred Quimby .... cartoons: Tom and Jerry
Charles Walters .... choreographer
 
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Runtime:
95 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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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:
Continuity: In an early sequence, four of the family go swimming in a pond while Katy settles down on a log to read. The log is dry when she lies down. A few minutes later the rest of the family climb out of the pond over the log and drip water on the log. The log is already wet when they do this showing that there has been at least one previous take.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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Swimsuit Issue (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Got Out Of Bed on the Right SideSee more »

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9 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Esher, Tom and Jerry, Fernando, and Where's Lana Turner?, 25 June 2006
Author: joseph952001 from United States

O.K.; so it's not a classic! So, it's not one of Esther's best, but - considering the over-all movie - it IS very entertaining! When I first saw this movie as as a teenager, I found myself singing "I Got Out of Bed on the Right Side" so much that the family finally said, "For God's sake! Will you SHUT UP?" So, sense of humor! No respect for Esther whom I adored and was in love with as ever other red-blooded American Teenager was at the time! Recently, I was happy to see it play on Turner Classics and the charm of the film has not diminished! I guess the best part of the film was when the whole cast got in on the song "Ain't Love So Grand"! And there's Charolotte Greenwood doing her dancing specialty at the end of the number. I guess this was the second to last that she ever danced in a film with "Oklahoma" being the last in which she played Aunt Eller. Originally, she was the first pick for playing Aunt Eller in Oklahoma on Braodway, but other commitments stopped her from doing it, so Rogers and Hammerstien were thrilled when they finally signed her up for the movie version. Greenwood was known for her eccentric dancing in which she had been a hit in an old move called "The Pip From Pittsburg". It's sad to see many of our characters in the business gone, but it's wonderful that we still have their performances on film to enjoy forever.

It's true that Esther married Fernando in real life, but from what I remember, Lana Tuner was married to Lex Barker, and Arlene Dahl was married to Fernando Lamas, and they were a happy foursome so much that Turner divorced Barker, Dahl divorced Fernando, and then Dahly married Lex Barker and Lana Turner married Fernando Lamas, but before the divorces Arlene Dahl gave birth to Lorenzo Lamas who would go on to a somewhat fame in movies and T.V. but not with the stature and popularity of his father. Then much later, after filming Dangerous When Wet Fernando started dating Esther and Esthers film career was beginning to go downhill, and she was pretty well tired of making movies and when Fernando asked her to marry him, he asked her, "Can you stop being Esther Willimas?" and she gladly said, "Yes!" and she kept her word to the day Fernando died and didn't have anything to do with a career in show-business! Much later, Lorenzo was on, I believe, The Johnny Carson Show, and Carson asked him what is was like having Esther as a mother, and he proudly answered, "How many kids can claim they were taught to swim by Esther Williams?"

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