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Follow the Fleet (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 20 February 1936 (USA)
A Navy sailor tries to rekindle a romance with the woman he loves while on liberty in San Francisco.

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Cast

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Sherry Martin
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Connie Martin (as Harriet Hilliard)
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Mrs. Iris Manning
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Singer in Trio
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Captain Hickey
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Jim Nolan
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Kitty Collins
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Storyline

When the fleet puts in at San Francisco, sailor Bake Baker tries to rekindle the flame with his old dancing partner, Sherry Martin, while Bake's buddy Bilge Smith romances Sherry's sister Connie. But it's not all smooth sailing: Bake has a habit of losing Sherry's jobs for her; and despite Connie's dreams, Bilge is not ready to settle down. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Fun Aboard! (1953 re-release) See more »


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20 February 1936 (USA)  »

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Blekitna parada  »

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Budget:

$747,000 (estimated)
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| (re-release)

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(R C A Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The role of Connie Martin was originally planned for Irene Dunne, but she was unavailable. See more »

Quotes

Bake Baker: [about Bilge] He's stuck on that Iris Manning. Say, what's she like?
Sherry Martin: Anything in a uniform.
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Referenced in Edgemont: Moving Day (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket
(1936) (uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
Played during the opening credits
Also played on piano by Fred Astaire
Song and dance performed by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
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Fred and Ginger play the people they really are!
25 January 2000 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

The plot intellect is about as light as feather down. But the advantage here is the boy and girl classic refusal we have become accustomed to in "The Gay Divorcee" and "Top Hat" is now absent. Instead of the typical accidental acquaintance, the dancing duo are the former lovers Bake Baker and Sherry Martin, who are still in love since their dancing days.

Of course, being a 30s musical, there's the problems of misunderstood romance, classy courtship and the slight irritation of a sabotaged audition with bicarbonate soda has costing Ginger something rather special. And then in the grand tradition of dwindling finances, there's nothing better for Hollywood's best entertainers than put on a show.

Delightful numbers from Irving Berlin are sprinkled throughout the show. Top hats and evening dresses are saved right until the end, which remains a refreshing change. Fred and Ginger are out again to charm the world...and charm the navy. Everyone and everything is once again just so enjoyable.

Pure classic silliness at its best. But with Astaire and Rogers, we just know it's got to work.

Rating: 8.25/10


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