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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.


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Dwight Taylor (screen play) and
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Release Date:
20 February 1936 (USA) See more »
In the Super-Dreadnought of Musical Shows See more »
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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We joined the navy to see the world! And what did we see? We saw the sea... See more (55 total) »


  (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

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Also Known As:
110 min | USA:80 min (re-release)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (R C A Victor System)
Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:AL (original rating) (1936) | UK:U | USA:Approved (PCA #1801)

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During the fight scene between Fred Astaire and Randolph Scott, Astaire - not skilled in movie fight scenes - accidentally bloodied Scott's nose; Astaire was mortified, but Scott remained pointedly nonchalant.See more »
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 »
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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
We joined the navy to see the world! And what did we see? We saw the sea..., 16 February 2005
Author: Monica4937 from Florida

This is my all-time favorite Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film. The dialogue between the two is so cute and funny and very clever. Not to mention this film contains some of the best songs recorded by the two; like I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket and Let's Face the Music and Dance. If I remember correctly, this was the film that introduced me to Fred Astaire so I suppose because of that it will always hold a special place in my heart (sorry for the sentimental cr*p but I'm woman so get over it)All in all this film gets an 8/10 from me. The choreography was superb and also the fact that Lucille Ball is in it makes it even more awesome.

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