Follow the Fleet

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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, ...
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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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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/4/1999
  • UPC: 053939656930
  • Original Release: 1936
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  • Source: Turner Home Ent
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred Astaire Bake Baker
Ginger Rogers Sherry Martin
Randolph Scott Bilge Smith
Harriet Hilliard Connie Martin
Astrid Allwyn Iris Manning
Betty Grable Trio Singer
Harry Beresford Captain Ezra Hickey
Russell Hicks Jim Nolan
Brooks Benedict Sullivan, Nolan's Assistant
Ray Mayer Dopey Williams
Lucille Ball Kitty Collins
Addison Randall Lt. Williams
Joy Hodges Show Girl
Tony Martin Sailor
Maxine Jennings Hostess
Jane Hamilton Waitress
Frank Mills Sailor
Frank Jenks Sailor
Kay Sutton Telephone Operator
Doris Lloyd Mrs. Courtney
Huntly Gordon Touring Officer
James Pierce Bouncer
Herbert Rawlinson Weber, Ballroom Manager
Thelma Leeds A Girl
Lita Chevret Girl
Gertrude Short Cashier, Dance Joint
George Magrill Quartermaster
Constance Bergen Ticket Seller
Bud Geary Coxswain
George Lollier Deck Officer
Frank Moran Sailor
Frank Sully Sailor
Eddie Tamblyn Sailor
Max Wagner Marine
Eric Wilton Butler at Party
Allen Wood Office Boy
Edmund Burns Sailor
Technical Credits
Mark Sandrich Director
Dave Abel Cinematographer
Fred Astaire Choreography
Irving Berlin Score Composer
Henry Berman Editor
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Harry Berman Editor
Mel Burns Makeup
Carroll Clark Art Director
Lt. Cm U.S.N. Haislip Harvey Consultant/advisor
Argyle Nelson Asst. Director
Bernard Newman Costumes/Costume Designer
Hermes Pan Choreography
Van Nest Polglase Art Director
Allan Scott Screenwriter
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Max Steiner Score Composer, Musical Direction/Supervision
Dwight Taylor Screenwriter
Vernon Walker Special Effects
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Joy--Pure & Simple

    Such a great Astaire/Rogers film. "Let's Face The Music And Dance" number makes me cry everytime--a beautiful, moving scene that's one of my all-time favorites in any picture.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2003

    Fred and Ginger ''Follow the Fleet''

    The fifth of the Astaire-Rogers series, ''Follow the Fleet'' is the most straightforward. Instead of being aspiring artists trying to make it big, they are already professional dancers. And instead of Bake (Astaire) trying to win Sherry's (Rogers) heart, they are already a couple at the beginning. Bake and Sherry were once a dance team, but split four years ago. He joined the Navy, ''to see the world,'' and she started working in a nightclub. As the movie opens, Bake is returning to America, and proceeds to look up Sherry. Little does he know that she is in the very same club he is. They bump into each other, regroup, and dance the night away. ''Fleet'' contains many wonderful numbers such as ''I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket,'' ''Let Yourself Go,'' and ''Let's Face the Music and Dance.'' There was a bit of costume trouble in the latter, though. Ginger's beaded dress was very heavy (about 25 pounds) and nearly knocked her over with every turn. Also, if you watch closely, you can see Fred get a sleeve in the face!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2002

    Visit Classic Hollywood with Class

    Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire captivate you with their singing and dancing in this romantic comedy. Guest stars such as Randolph Scott and Lucille Ball allow you to know their acting style before they became ''big.'' I would love to see this movie in the theaters.

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