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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 »
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(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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One of her better films. 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)

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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Runtime:
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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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:
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:
Featured in That's Entertainment! (1974)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Like MenSee more »

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
One of her better films., 21 January 2014
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

Esther Williams plays Katie Higgins in "Dangerous When Wet". She's a member of a family that is nuts for physical fitness and they come to the attention of a slick salesman (Jack Carson) who decides to market them in an upcoming English Channel swimming race. However, shortly before the race, the sponsor, 'Liquapep', decides that the family (apart from Katie) isn't up to the rigors of such a crossing. So, it's up to Katie to try to win it for her family. In the meantime, a very rich and handsome man, André (Fernando Lamas) falls for her and might prove to be a bit of a distraction. What's to happen? See the film.

"Dangerous When Wet" is different from all the many other Esther Williams films that I have seen because the plot seems to unfold at a much slower pace than her other films. It also is different because, for once, she has a leading man who can keep up with her in the water. Fernando Lamas was a South American swimming champion, and so his swimming scenes with Esther looked awfully good compared to some of other male co-stars. But the important thing is whether it's any good. Overall, I'd have to say yes. The cast is quite good and the finale is awfully well done. Not Williams' best film but one of her better ones.

By the way, this film featured a lengthy cartoon sequence where Esther swam with Tom & Jerry. While charming, I actually found it slowed the film down and wasn't necessary.

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