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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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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
 
Animation Department
Kenneth Muse .... animator (uncredited)
Ray Patterson .... animator (uncredited)
Irven Spence .... animator (uncredited)
 
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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95 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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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:
Revealing mistakes: 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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Movie Connections:
References The Cat and the Mermouse (1949)See more »
Soundtrack:
Ain't Nature GrandSee more »

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Esther takes Fernando for a test dive., 15 September 2004
Author: Poseidon-3 from Cincinnati, OH

MGM's resident mermaid Williams gets an ever-so-slightly more challenging part in this musical outing. Often, Williams just did (dazzling) water ballets sprinkled amongst a lot of romantic entanglements and shenanigans. It's much the same here, but at least she gets a chance to do a story that has a few real moments of emotion and even strife. She plays the eldest daughter of an especially healthy farm family who is chosen to swim the English Channel in an international event. Carson plays a relentless promoter while Lamas is a wealthy and charming distraction. The story details Williams and her family undergoing the necessary training and preparation for the big swim, encountering a few hurdles along the way. It culminates in a surprisingly strenuous and moving climax in which a badly exhausted Williams can barely move a muscle in the open sea. Several peppy musical numbers occur throughout the movie including an opening number in which the family begins their daily fitness ritual and an ensemble piece featuring the mother (Greenwood) in a bizarre, wacky, but fun dance routine.

There's also a lengthy dream sequence (a major highlight of the film) in which a luminous Williams swims with the famous cartoon characters Tom and Jerry and other animated sea creatures based on the other actors in the film. (Hilariously, Lamas is depicted as an octopus, which aptly sums up the man's on and off screen persona of an insatiable ladies man.) Parts of the film lag a bit as it meanders to it's fairly predictable end, but Carson brings a lot of energy and humor to his role and other cast members provide nice work as well. Lamas and Williams display clear chemistry together, though she maintains that they did not have an affair during the film (just one racy ride home from the studio in which she had her hand under his robe most of the way!) They married about 15 or so years later once he had cooled his libidinous jets somewhat and she was free of her deadbeat second husband. Cruelly, Lamas' formidable body is kept under wraps much of the time. Their only major swimming sequence together is filmed entirely above the water.

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