A light mixture of tunes, comedy, water ballet and Esther Williams in a bathing suit are offered in Dangerous When Wet. Best of the musical stints is an underwater cartoon sequence [by Fred Quimby, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera] involving Williams and Tom and Jerry to a reprise of 'In My Wildest Dreams'.

A light mixture of tunes, comedy, water ballet and Esther Williams in a bathing suit are offered in Dangerous When Wet. Best of the musical stints is an underwater cartoon sequence [by Fred Quimby, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera] involving Williams and Tom and Jerry to a reprise of ‘In My Wildest Dreams’.

Plot deals with a swimming family that falls in with Jack Carson, a salesman of a liquid vitamin, and decides to swim the English Channel en masse, so they can get enough money to buy a prize bull for their Arkansas farm. Romance comes Williams’ way in the person of Fernando Lamas, wealthy peddler of French champagne, when he rescues her after she has lost her bearings in a heavy Channel fog while practicing.

Williams becomes the costumes designed by Helen Rose and looks good in her water work. Also, she handles dialog easily in scenes with Lamas and Carson. Lamas charms his way through a role that, essentially, requires that type of emphasis. Carson is topnotch as the producer, a sort of travelling salesman with an interest in the farmer’s daughter that gets nowhere. Instead, he gets Denise Darcel, a French entry in the Channel swim, and she’s worth getting.

Dangerous When Wet

Production

M-G-M. Director Charles Walters; Producer George Wells; Screenplay Dorothy Kingsley; Camera Harold Rosson; Editor John McSweeney Jr; Music Georgie Stoll (dir.); Art Director Cedric Gibbons, Jack Martin Smith

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1953. Running time: 95 MIN.

With

Esther Williams Fernando Lamas Jack Carson Charlotte Greenwood Denise Darcel Donna Corcoran
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