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Follow the Fleet1936

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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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
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
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Critic Reviews for Follow the Fleet

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

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

August 1, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The inspiration for this was the thought that Fred Astaire ought to be shown in something besides tails sometime, so why not a naval jumper-suit? The pants have a nice flare. Irving Berlin had the rest of the inspiration.

April 16, 2020 | Full Review…

The world's greatest stepping pair surpass themselves as usual.

October 2, 2019 | Full Review…

It needs an effort of the mind to remember that Mr. Fred Astaire was not invented by a film director and drawn by a film draughtsman. He is the nearest we are ever likely to get to a human Mickey [Mouse].

June 2, 2018 | Full Review…

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

April 30, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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

August 9, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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.
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
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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