The Perils of Pauline (1947) Paramount Pictures / P: Sol C. Siegel / D: George Marshall / W: P.J. Wolfson, Frank Butler / C: Ray Rennahan / E: Arthur P. Schmidt / M: Robert Emmett Dolan / S: Betty Hutton, John Lund, Billy De Wolfe, William Demarest, Constance Collier, Frank Faylen
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Dangerous When Wet finds a fit family of rubes from Arkansas dairy country getting roped into swimming the English Channel as a publicity stunt for a brand of vitamin water. It’s MGM musical logic, folks, so you kinda gotta roll with it, but, I’m telling ya it’s great fun to watch. A vehicle for Esther Williams on the surface to work her magic underwater but turns out she’s pretty great on dry land, too. And the whole thing is sufficiently buoyed by a supporting cast including Jack Carson as the pitchman, Fernando Lamas as the love interest, and William Demarest and Charlotte Greenwood as Ma and Pa (– and I love the musical number where these old fudds strut their stuff.) There’s also an extended cameo by Tom & Jerry for an amazing animated dream sequence in both content and execution that could have gone on for lot longer than it did in my opinion. Great escapist fluff, sure, but still highly recommended.
I’d only recently become acquainted with Esther Williams’ ‘aquamusicals’ after a chance encounter with Jupiter’s Darling at about 3am five or six years ago but have been completely enchanted by her in everything I’ve seen since. Very sad to hear the news of her passing.
Dangerous When Wet (1953) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / P: George Wells / D: Charles Walters / W: Dorothy Kingsley / C: Harold Rosson / E: John McSweeney Jr. / M: Albert Sendrey, George Stoll / S: Esther Williams, Fernando Lamas, Jack Carson, William Demarest, Charlotte Greenwood, Denise Darcel
Race car driver Lucky Jackson has a need for speed in almost everything he does, and, while trying to win the bank-roll he needs to compete in the Las Vegas Grand Prix at the craps table, our boy meets his match in a fiery redhead, whose purring engine and swiveling hips stops the gob-smacked troubadour dead in his tracks and sets them both on a collision course for romance (– both on screen and off.) Seriously, watching Elvis and Ann-Margret on screen is like watching two pieces of flint sparking off each other; a volatile concoction of ramming-speed kinetics that dares you to keep up and is a total blast to watch.
Video courtesy of JeffMiguel.
This post was part of Da’King Lives, which originated back in January of 2010, to help celebrate the King of Rock-n-Roll’s 75th birthday and throw a spotlight on his fine, fractured forays into feature film.
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Viva Las Vegas (1964) Jack Cummings Productions :: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) / P: Jack Cummings, George Sidney/ D: George Sidney / W: Sally Benson / C: Joseph Biroc / E: John McSweeney / M: George Stoll / S: Elvis Presley, Ann-Margret, William Demarest, Nicky Blair, Cesare Danova