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Director:
Writers:
Dwight Taylor (screen play) and
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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 »
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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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:
Irving Berlin wrote "Get Thee Behind Me, Satan" for Fred and Ginger's previous movie, Top Hat (1935), but the song was dropped.See more »
Quotes:
Bake Baker:Gosh, you're glad to see me.See more »
Movie Connections:
Spoofed in What a Way to Go! (1964)See more »
Soundtrack:
We Saw the SeaSee more »

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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Shipmates Forever, 10 October 2002
Author: lugonian from Kissimmee, Florida

FOLLOW THE FLEET (RKO Radio, 1936), directed by Mark Sandrich, marks the fifth pairing of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and one of their top musicals of the era with a bright score by Irving Berlin, the composer of their last outing, TOP HAT (1935). Reworking the formula from their earlier effort, ROBERTA (1935), Astaire and Rogers not only share screen time with another couple closer to their own age, but are characters already acquainted with one another from the start, instead of the usual boys meets girl outing. Unlike ROBERTA, Astaire and Rogers have equal status with the other couple in question, played by Randolph Scott (of ROBERTA) and Harriet Hilliard (making her screen debut). Another welcome change of format to the series is not only finding Astaire switching his elegant presence of top hat, white tie and tails for a sailor's uniform, but in changing its locale from European settings to down-to-earth San Francisco.

In the basic plot, Bake Baker (Fred Astaire) and Bilge Smith (Randolph Scott) are shipmates in the U.S. Navy who go on shore leave. Bake reunites himself with Sherry Martin (Ginger Rogers), his former dancing partner now working as a vocalist at the Paradise Club. Sherry's sister, Connie (Harriet Hilliard), a lonely schoolteacher, comes to visit her sister at the club, and with some encouragement, gets herself groomed into an attractive young lady. Connie makes the acquaintance with Bilge, who had earlier ignored her due to her plain looking appearance. Now with the glasses gone and all dolled up, Bilge takes notice and escorts her home for some smooching. Once Connie mentions something about "wanting a husband at the helm," Bilge gets cold feet and makes an about face. Before going, he makes an acquaintance with Iris Manning (Astrid Allwyn), a society girl who later takes him on a scenic route back to his ship, causing him to be late from liberty leave. During the course of the story, lovesick Connie, who has salvaged her late father's ship for Bilge, falls victim of his neglect while Sherry has troubles of her own with Bake.

The motion picture soundtrack is as follows: "We Saw the Sea" (sung by Fred Astaire and sailors); "Let Yourself Go" (sung by Ginger Rogers, with a singing trio, one of them being Betty Grable); "Get Thee Behind Me, Satan" (sung by Harriet Hilliard); "Let Yourself Go" (danced by Astaire and Rogers); "I'd Rather Lead the Band" (sung by Astaire); "Let Yourself Go" (reprise by Rogers); "But Where Are You?" (sung by Hilliard); "I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket" (sung and danced by Astaire and Rogers); "Let's Face the Music and Dance" (sung by Astaire/ danced by Astaire and Rogers) and "We Saw the Sea" (finale, sung by sailors).

Of the musical interludes, "Let's Face the Music and Dance" is the most memorable. It's a production number played to an audience in the story which finds Astaire and Rogers in a Monte Carlo setting sporting their signature costume attire, Astaire well-suited and Rogers in elaborate dress with bell-type sleeves, that's been said in one of the documentaries on their careers, to have slapped Astaire across the face as Rogers twirls around during their dancing sequence. "I'd Rather Lead the Band" echoes Astaire's "Top Hat" number from TOP HAT. Instead of him taking front center stage tapping in front of a bunch of debonair swells, he does the same with a bunch of white uniformed sailors. Harriet Hilliard (later TVs Harriet Nelson of OZZIE AND HARRIET fame in the 1950s) has two solos. Her rendition of "Where Are You?" ranks one of the best sentimental love songs ever written for the screen. She sings it beautifully, with sincerity and heart. Of her subsequent films, FOLLOW THE FLEET is the only one she'll be best remembered. With the presence of Astaire and Rogers, and Berlin songs, it was a worthy start to her career.

The supporting players consist of Harry Beresford, Russell Hicks, Jack Randall and Brooks Benedict. Look closely for a young Tony Martin as one of the sailors, and Lucille Ball as the wisecracking blonde Kitty Collins. It's interesting to note that in the cast credits, Ball, who's name is right down in the bottom, has more screen time than Betty Grable, billed sixth, with only two brief appearances earlier in the story.

Formerly presented on American Movie Classics prior to 2001, FOLLOW THE FLEET, can be seen regularly on Turner Classic Movies or acquired in either VHS or DVD format. One final note, FOLLOW THE FLEET, which was founded by the 1922 play "Shore Leave," consisted of two earlier screen adaptations, SHORE LEAVE (First National, 1925) and HIT THE DECK (RKO, 1930), but it's this version that has become a classic. Although close to two hours, the story drags a bit. However, it's the great dancing and lively score that makes up for it. (****)

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