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Follow the Fleet (1936)




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This lesser Astaire/Rogers vehicle is one of several screen versions of the venerable Hubert Osborne stage play Shore Leave. For reasons unknown, Fred and Ginger are virtually supporting players here, spending most of their time trying to patch up the romance between Fred's fellow sailor Randolph Scott and Ginger's sister Harriet Hilliard (better known as Harriet Nelson, of Ozzie and Harriet fame). One of the sillier aspects of the plot hinges on raising enough money to renovate a broken-down old ship; to do this, Fred and Ginger stage a lengthy musical number that must have cost five times as much money as they raised! But that number, a languorous dance rendition of Irving Berlin's "Let's Face the Music and Dance", compensates for all the nonsense that has gone before. One fringe benefit of Follow the Fleet is spotting two fresh-faced starlets named Betty Grable and Lucille Ball.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Allan Scott, Allan G. Scott, Dwight Taylor
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 16, 2005
Warner Bros.


Fred Astaire
as Bake Baker
Ginger Rogers
as Sherry Martin
Randolph Scott
as Bilge Smith
Harriet Nelson
as Connie Martin
Astrid Allwyn
as Iris Manning
Harry Beresford
as Capt. Ezra Hickey
Russell Hicks
as Jim Nolan
Brooks Benedict
as Sullivan, Nolan's A...
Ray Mayer
as Dopey Williams
Lucille Ball
as Kitty Collins
Jack Randall
as Lt. Williams
Addison Randall
as Lt. Williams
Jane Hamilton
as Waitress
Kay Sutton
as Telephone Operator
Doris Lloyd
as Mrs. Courtney
Huntley Gordon
as Touring Officer
Jim Pierce
as Bouncer
Herbert Rawlinson
as Weber, Ballroom Man...
Gertrude Short
as Cashier, Dance Join...
George Magrill
as Quartermaster
Bud Geary
as Coxswain
Huntly Gordon
as Touring Officer
James Pierce
as Bouncer
Eric Wilton
as Butler at Party
Constance Bergen
as Ticket Seller
George Lollier
as Deck Officer
Max Wagner
as Marine
Dorothy Fleisman
as Contest Dancer
Bob Cromer
as Contest Dancer
Addison Randall
as Lt. Williams
Allen Wood
as Office Boy
Harriet Hilliard
as Connie Martin
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Critic Reviews for Follow the Fleet

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

...the standout numbers here, ironically, are the solo ones.

Full Review… | April 30, 2016

Though not one of Astaire-Rogers strongest musicals, the musical is still enjoyable despite its rather bland plot.

Full Review… | August 9, 2011

Audience Reviews for Follow the Fleet

A cute and honest musical with some great turns by newcomers at the time Betty Grable, Harriet Hilliard, and Randolph Scott. A stale plot and only slightly entertaining music, but all the hilarity and charm that the grand old duo bring to the silver screen. Another nice classic.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer


In 1936, they must have thought longer was better. I tried to watch this because it is rated pretty well, but it drags.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

Working-class Astaire/Rogers musical (he's a sailor, she's a singer); the subplot with Scott & Hilliard slows things up a bit. Songs include "Let Yourself Go," "I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket," and the classic "Let's Face the Music & Dance." Lucille Ball & Betty Grable have bit parts.

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