Esther Williams, Dangerous When Wet

Esther Williams, Dangerous When Wet

How big was open water swimming in the 1940s and 1950s in America and Great Britain? Huge.

Not only were the Billy Butlin’s English Channel International Races the rage during the 1950s, but also world-class swimmer Esther Williams starred in a series of films in the 1940s and early 1950s known as aquamusicals which featured elaborate performances of synchronized swimming, diving and open water swimming.

In the movie trailer shown below, Esther sets out to swim the English Channel in the musical Dangerous When Wet – where in one scene, she is aided by some of the best-dressed support crew in the history of marathon swimming.



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