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Director:
Writers:
Dwight Taylor (screen play) and
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Release Date:
20 February 1936 (USA) See more »
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In the Super-Dreadnought of Musical Shows See more »
Plot:
A Navy sailor tries to rekindle a romance with the woman he loves while on liberty in San Francisco. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
2 nominations See more »
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Tony Martin obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 31 July 2012, 4:05 PM, PDT)

Fox Musical Singer / Star Tony Martin Has Died
 (From Alt Film Guide. 30 July 2012, 3:46 PM, PDT)

Singer-Actor Tony Martin Dies at 98
 (From The Hollywood Reporter. 30 July 2012, 12:31 PM, PDT)

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Sappy, Naive and Delightful See more (50 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fred Astaire ... Bake Baker

Ginger Rogers ... Sherry Martin

Randolph Scott ... Bilge Smith

Harriet Hilliard ... Connie Martin
Astrid Allwyn ... Mrs. Iris Manning

Betty Grable ... Singer in Trio
Harry Beresford ... Captain Hickey
Russell Hicks ... Jim Nolan
Brooks Benedict ... David Sullivan
Ray Mayer ... Dopey Williams

Lucille Ball ... Kitty Collins
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jean Acker ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Richard Alexander ... Paradise Ballroom Waiter (uncredited)
Constance Bergen ... Ticket Seller (uncredited)
Frederic Blanchard ... Captain Jones (uncredited)
Lynton Brent ... Deck Officer (uncredited)
Phyllis Brooks ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Tom Brower ... Policeman (uncredited)
Edward W. Burns ... Sailor (uncredited)

Lita Chevret ... Showgirl in Casino Number (uncredited)
Bob Cromer ... Contest Dancer (uncredited)
Marge Curson ... Small Role (uncredited)
Billy Dooley ... Sailor (uncredited)
Lester Dorr ... Sailor in Dress Whites (uncredited)
Frank Ellis ... Band Member (uncredited)
Dorothy Fleisman ... Stenographer Contest Dancer (uncredited)
Bud Geary ... Coxswain (uncredited)
Huntley Gordon ... Touring Officer (uncredited)
Jeanne Gray ... Singer in Trio (uncredited)
Harvey S. Haislip ... Executive Officer (uncredited)
Jane Hamilton ... Paradise Ballroom Waitress (uncredited)
Joy Hodges ... Singer in Trio (uncredited)
Mary Jane Irving ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Frank Jenks ... Sailor (uncredited)
Maxine Jennings ... Paradise Ballroom Hostess (uncredited)
Jerry Larkin ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Thelma Leeds ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Doris Lloyd ... Mrs. Courtney (uncredited)
George Lollier ... Deck Officer (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Quartermaster (uncredited)

Tony Martin ... Sailor (uncredited)
Kitty McHugh ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Sailor (uncredited)
Frank Moran ... Husky Sailor (uncredited)
James Pierce ... Paradise Ballroom Bouncer (uncredited)
David Preston ... Dishwasher Minor Role (uncredited)
Dick Purcell ... Lead Marine on Ship (uncredited)
Addison Randall ... Lieutenant Williams (uncredited)
Herbert Rawlinson ... Mr. Webber - Paradise Ballroom Owner (uncredited)
Joey Ray ... Dance Contest Announcer (uncredited)
Gertrude Short ... Cashier in Paradise Ballroom (uncredited)
William Smith ... Ensign Gilbert (uncredited)
Mary Stewart ... Mary - Chorus Girl & Dancer (uncredited)
Frank Sully ... Sailor (uncredited)
Kay Sutton ... Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Eddie Tamblyn ... Sailor (uncredited)
Blanca Vischer ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Marine Leader (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Iris' Butler (uncredited)
Allen Wood ... Office Boy (uncredited)
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Directed by
Mark Sandrich 
 
Writing credits
Dwight Taylor (screen play) and
Allan Scott (screen play)

Hubert Osborne (founded upon the play "Shore Leave")

Lew Lipton  contributor to dialogue (uncredited)
Dorothy Yost  contributor to screenplay construction (uncredited)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
David Abel (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Henry Berman  (as Henry M. Berman)
 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
 
Costume Design by
Bernard Newman (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Lynn Shores .... unit manager (uncredited)
C.J. White .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James E. Casey .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sydney M. Fogel .... assistant director (uncredited)
Argyle Nelson .... assistant director (uncredited)
John Sherwood .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Carroll Clark .... associate art director
Darrell Silvera .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
George Marsh .... sound cutter
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... recordist
 
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... photographic effects (as Vernon Walker)
 
Visual Effects by
Donald Jahraus .... miniatures (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Miehle .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Claire Cramer .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Carroll Clark .... associate editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Irving Berlin .... lyrics and music by
Philip Faulkner Jr. .... music recordist (as P.J. Faulkner Jr.)
Max Steiner .... musical director
Maurice De Packh .... music arranger (uncredited)
Hans Honer .... German lyrics (uncredited)
Zarah Leander .... playback singer (uncredited)
Gene Rose .... music arranger (uncredited)
Walter Scharf .... music arranger (uncredited)
Roy Webb .... music arranger (uncredited)
Clarence Wheeler .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
David Belasco .... play "Shore Leave" as produced by
Harvey S. Haislip .... technical advisor (as Harvey S. Haislip Commander U.S.N. Retired)
Hermes Pan .... ensembles stager
Jack Gargan .... stand-in: Fred Astaire (uncredited)
Audrey Lindley .... stand-in: Harriet Hilliard (uncredited)
Eric Mack .... stand-in: Randolph Scott (uncredited)
Elizabeth McGaffey .... research director (uncredited)
Marie Osborne .... stand-in: Ginger Rogers (uncredited)
Jack Rice .... stand-in (uncredited)
Helen Weber .... stand-in: Harriet Hilliard (uncredited)
Trudy Wellman .... script clerk (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
110 min | USA:80 min (re-release)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (R C A Victor System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1936) | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #1801)

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Trivia:
The song 'Get Thee Behind me, Satan' was edited in prints shown in Great Britain to remove the word 'Satan' (which offended the overly prudish censorship board). The result looks and sounds as though the film is faulty and jumps several frames each time the line is sung, but the effect was deliberate and a highly unusual example of censorship, possibly the only time a popular song was edited in this way.See more »
Quotes:
Bake Baker:Sherry tells me you're leaving. Well, that's probably the wisest thing to do. Run away! All this stuff about fighting for your man and all that makes things so complicated. Now, if all girls would just give up and run back to Bellport, then we'd definitely see the end of family life, little Junior would remain just an idea, and every man would burn his own toast. I thank you!See more »
Soundtrack:
Let Yourself GoSee more »

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Sappy, Naive and Delightful, 7 November 2011
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The dancer Bake Baker (Fred Astaire) has joined the navy to forget his former partner and love Sherry Martin (Ginger Rogers) that has declined to marry him, but he misses her. Now his ship is anchored in San Francisco and he goes with his pal, the sergeant Bilge Smith (Randolph Scott), to the Paradise nightclub.

Meanwhile at Paradise, the intellectual teacher Connie Martin (Harriet Hilliard), who has just come from Bellport, visits her sister Sherry that is working there and she stumbles with Bilge at the entrance. She goes to Sherry's dress room and her sister produces Connie with a new dress and make-up, changing her old-fashioned style to a modern look. Sherry meets Bake in the joint and they rekindle their love, and Bake decides to get a better job for Sherry. Meanwhile Connie is infatuated with Bilge, but he is not ready to commit to marriage.

When Bake returns to the vessel, he is ordered to sail and leaves Sherry unemployed without any notice. Meanwhile Connie repairs a salvage to give her to Bilge after their wedding. However, Bilge is dating the divorced and wealthy Mrs. Iris Manning (Astrid Allwyn) and is not ready to settle down. When Sherry has an audition with New York theatrical producer Jim Nolan (Russell Hicks) and is ready to sign a contract with him, Bake arrives in the office and overhears that a girl will sign a contract with Nolan without knowing that she is Sherry. He decides to sabotage her audition with bicarbonate soda. But sooner their misunderstandings resolve and they dance together again.

Like most of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers films, "Follow the Fleet" is sappy, naive and delightful. The story is a silly romance, but supported by funny gags and wonderful musical numbers.

The blonde Harriet Hilliard makes fun with blondes in her debut in a feature. The sabotage of Bake Baker with bicarbonate soda is hilarious. And Bake Baker luring Mrs. Manning and Bilge Smith in her apartment is also very funny. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Nas Águas da Esquadra" ("In the Fleet's Waters")

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