IMDb > Follow the Fleet (1936)
Follow the Fleet
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

Follow the Fleet (1936) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 15 | slideshow) Videos
Follow the Fleet -- In the fifth of 10 Astaire/Rogers pairings, Fred trades his top hat for a sailor's cap, Ginger gets a tap solo and viewers get the unending delight of 7 sparkling Irving Berlin numbers.

Overview

User Rating:
7.3/10   2,802 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 17% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Dwight Taylor (screen play) and
Allan Scott (screen play) ...
(more)
Contact:
View company contact information for Follow the Fleet on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
20 February 1936 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
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 »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Fred, you didn't tell me Ginger had a sister? See more (55 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)

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
110 min | USA:80 min (re-release)
Country:
Language:
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)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
When "Follow the Fleet" was released to commercial TV in the 1950s Harriet Hilliard's two songs were cut to make more room for commercials. Later they were restored for showings on cable-TV movie channels.See more »
Quotes:
Bake Baker:Let's kiss and make up.
Sherry Martin:No, let's just make up. That'll give you something to work for.
See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in Silent Movie (1976)See more »
Soundtrack:
But Where Are You?See more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Fred, you didn't tell me Ginger had a sister?, 25 April 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Musically speaking Irving Berlin gave Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers another pluperfect musical after Top Hat if that was possible. Although in this case like that Jerome Kern confection Roberta that they were in, Follow the Fleet retained Randolph Scott with another singer, this time Harriet Hilliard.

Randolph Scott is a career Navy CPO and Fred Astaire is an ex-vaudevillian who enlisted in the Navy to forget Ginger Rogers his former partner. But now the two are on shore leave. Fred and Ginger take up right where they left off, and Randy accidentally meets Ginger's dowdy sister Harriet who blossoms into a real beauty. But Randy's a typical love 'em and leave 'em sailor.

Again Irving Berlin wrote a hit filled score with him tightly supervising the production. Ginger gets to do some really outstanding vocalizing with Let Yourself Go which she and Fred later dance to. But the real hit of the show is Let's Face the Music and Dance which is a number done at a Navy show. Sung first by Astaire and later danced to by the pair, Let's Face the Music and Dance is one of the great romantic numbers ever written for the screen. Their dancing on this one is absolute magic.

I'm sure that when I mention Harriet Hilliard a few younger people might ask who that was. But they will know immediately when I mention her in conjunction with her famous husband Ozzie Nelson. That's right Ozzie and Harriet. It's something of a mystery to me why Harriet stopped singing when she just became David and Ricky's mom on television. Then again she didn't even keep her own name.

Neither Ozzie or Harriet sang on television. Ozzie was a pale imitation of Rudy Vallee as a singer, but Harriet could really carry a tune. She sings Get Thee Behind Me Satan and The Moon and I Are Here, But Where Are You, both with real feeling and class. I recommend you see Follow the Fleet if for no other reason than to hear a dimension of Harriet Hilliard incredibly forgotten today.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (55 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Follow the Fleet (1936)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
U.S.S. Arizona richardpaperboy
"Let's Face the Music and Dance" = Batman Tune? McKenzie_Bryant
The final dance number kmac44mv
Monkey MamaPuddle
Get Thee Behind Me, S*!*! neil-kirton
Ginger Rogers - Follow the Fleet PerryFrance
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Top Hat Anchors Aweigh Blue Skies The Gay Divorcee Swing Time
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Comedy section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.