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The working title of this film was Everybody Swims. A May 2, 1951 Hollywood Reporter news item announced that Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter would star in the film. According to a August 4, 1952 item in M-G-M News, George Murphy and Una Merkel were originally cast as "Pa and Ma Higgins," and James Whitmore was to portray "Windy Webbe." Hollywood Reporter news items include Tommy Edwards, Rex Dennis, Larry Glass and Olympic shot put champion William Parry O'Brien in the cast, but their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Portions of the film were shot on location at Cabrillo Beach, CA.
Dangerous When Wet features an underwater sequence in which Esther Williams appears to swim with cartoon cat and mouse Tom and Jerry, along with a host of other animated characters. The film marked Charlotte Greenwood's first M-G-M screen appearance since Flying High in 1931. Williams and her co-star, Fernando Lamas, were married in Europe in 1967.