Dangerous When Wet (1953)

35mm film, Technicolor, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American musical with fantasy sequences directed by Charles Walters.

Plot Summary

Health-tonic salesman Windy Weebe suggests that the clean-living farming family the Higgins' swim . Daughter Katie is chosen for the task but has to fend off the attentions of amorous Frenchman André Lanet. Along the way she dreams of with .


* = uncredited

Directed by: Charles Walters
© Copyright MCMLIII [1953] by Loew's Incorporated
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Produced by: George Wells
Written by: Dorothy Kingsley
Assistant Director: Sid Sidman
Director of Photography: Harold Rosson
Film Editor: John McSweeney Jr
Montage Sequence by: Peter Ballbusch
Technicolor Color Consultant: Henri Jaffa
Color Consultant: Alvord Eiseman
Color by: Technicolor
Musical Direction: Georgie Stoll
Orchestrations by: Skip Martin
Songs: Music by Arthur Schwartz, lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Cartoon Sequence Music: Scott Bradley *
“I Like Men” Performed By: Barbara Whiting *
Recording Supervisor: Douglas Shearer
Sound System: Western Electric Sound System
Costumes Designed by: Helen Rose
Make-Up Created by: William Tuttle
Hair Styles by: Sydney Guilaroff
Special Effects: Irving G. Ries
Tom and Jerry Cartoon Sequence by: Fred Quimby, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
Art Directors: Cedric Gibbons and Jack Martin Smith
Set Decorations: Edwin B. Willis, Emile Kuri
Musical Numbers Staged by: Charles Walters and Billy Daniel
Made in Hollywood, U.S.A.

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 – uncredited]
Henri Letondal [Joubert – uncredited]
Paul Bryar [Pierre – uncredited]
Jack Raine [Stuart Frye – uncredited]
Richard Alexander [Egyptian channel swimmer – uncredited]
Tudor Owen [old salt – uncredited]
Ann Codee [Mrs Lanet – uncredited]

Alternative Titles

Bølgernes dronning – Danish title
Laineiden lemmikki – Finnish title
Nebbia sulla Manica – Italian title
Traversons la manche – French Canadian title
Vi simmar tillsammans – Swedish title
Wasserprinzessin, Die – West German title

Extracts included in
That's Entertainment! III (1994)



  • Films in Review vol.xxx no.2 (February 1979) pp.73-88 – illustrated article, filmography (Neptune's daughters: Annette Kellerman & Esther Williams by DeWitt Bodeen and Larry L. Holland)