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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:

Charles Walters
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Bunny Waters ... Greta
Henri Letondal 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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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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

3 July 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Traversons La Manche See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

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

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.

Or, it's possible that there has been some passage of time during which family members have gotten out of the pond to warm up and then reentered. As Katie begins to read the camera movies in her book then fades to father swimming. This could imply that passage of time and would explain the wet log. See more »

Quotes

Katie Higgins: [shouting through the fog] Windy. Windy!
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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Connections

Featured in That's Entertainment! III (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

In My Wildest Dreams
(uncredited)
Music by Arthur Schwartz
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Fernando Lamas to Esther Williams
Reprised by him as an octopus during the Tom and Jerry swim with Esther Williams
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Esther Williams in Average Fare
24 June 2015 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

Jack Carson plays a traveling salesman, promoting a potion called Liqua-pep on the county fair circuit. While driving through Arkansas, he meets a family that owns a dairy farm and are dedicated to physical fitness.

When Jack's character, Wendy, realizes the eldest daughter, Katy (that's how it's spelled in the credits)--played by Esther Williams--is a beauty and a tireless swimmer, he wants her to attempt the English Channel as a promotion for his snake oil. Eventually, she agrees.

Along the way, she meets a Frenchman played by Fernando Lamas (who Esther marries sixteen years later) who becomes her love interest.

Esther's films tend to be light fare, intending merely to entertain while allowing her to swim in a pool, a lagoon, or wherever the script might take her. "Dangerous When Wet" includes a few upbeat songs and the usual all-American touchstones. But it is best known for Esther's underwater swimming sequence with Tom and Jerry (Jerry danced nine years earlier with Gene Kelly).


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