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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.
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NR
Genre:
Classics , Comedy , Musical & Performing Arts , Romance
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Warner Bros.

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Cast

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 Assistant
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 Manager
Gertrude Short
as Cashier, Dance Joint
George Magrill
as Quartermaster
Huntly Gordon
as Touring Officer
Bud Geary
as Coxswain
Eric Wilton
as Butler at Party
James Pierce
as Bouncer
Joy Hodges
as Trio
Constance Bergen
as Ticket Seller
Tony Martin
as Sailor
Frank Mills
as Sailor
Frank Jenks
as Sailor
George Lollier
as Deck Officer
Frank Sully
as Sailor
Edmund Burns
as Sailor
Frank Moran
as Sailor
Eddie Tamblyn
as Sailor
Max Wagner
as Marine
Dorothy Fleisman
as Contest Dancer
Bob Cromer
as Contest Dancer
Melinda Wood Allen
as Office Boy
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Critic Reviews for Follow the Fleet

All Critics (9)

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

Full Review… | April 30, 2016
LarsenOnFilm

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

Full Review… | August 9, 2011
EmanuelLevy.Com

It was fun to see western star Randolph Scott garbed in a sailor's uniform and acting like an old salt.

Full Review… | May 10, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Burdened with a dull plot but blessed with a rousing Irving Berlin score.

Full Review… | August 1, 2005
Slant Magazine

Not Fred and Ginger's best, but great Irving Berlin songs and dances

August 21, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Follow the Fleet

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.

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

Another good addition to the red astaire ginger rogers films. It has a couple good catchy songs ( let yourself go) and a few forgetable ones (get thee behind me satin). This doesn't have the grand lavish formal scale like some of there movies, instead of the wealthy world travelers they normally play they are common people. Randolph Scott is probably the best looking of all the guys from this period. Harriet Hillard looks a lot like ginger rogers as her sister in this and very likable as the formerly plain and currently lonely school teacher.

Alex Wolf Rkc
Alex Wolf Rkc

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.
Spencer S.

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