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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.

Director:

Mark Sandrich

Writers:

Dwight Taylor (screen play), Allan Scott (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred Astaire ... Bake Baker
Ginger Rogers ... Sherry Martin
Randolph Scott ... Bilge Smith
Harriet Nelson ... Connie Martin (as Harriet Hilliard)
Astrid Allwyn ... Mrs. Iris Manning
Betty Grable ... Singer in Trio
Harry Beresford ... Captain Hickey
Russell Hicks ... Jim Nolan
Brooks Benedict ... David Sullivan
Ray Mayer Ray Mayer ... Dopey Williams
Lucille Ball ... 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blekitna parada See more »

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Budget:

$747,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (R C A Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Ginger Rogers' only solo tap dance scene in all her ten films with Fred Astaire. See more »

Quotes

Bilge Smith: Boy, I hope I pick something good this time. I'm always getting school teachers.
Bake Baker: Why not? You've got a lot to learn yet.
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Soundtracks

We Saw the Sea
(1936) (uncredited)
Written by Irving Berlin
Played during the opening credits
Performed by Fred Astaire and chorus
Also played as dance music
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Facing the music.
25 October 2004 | by movibuf1962See all my reviews

This film is nice because there are two love stories-- something of a plot departure, and the second couple (Randolph Scott and Harriet Hilliard Nelson) are given the bulk of the dramatics, which allow our stars to be looser, more comical. Astaire chews the gum a little too severely, but he was anxious to make a departure from his customary tuxedoed playboy. Rogers is much more at ease in the role of struggling dancer-singer, and plays well opposite sister Hilliard. (The history is that Ms. Hilliard had to darken her naturally blond hair to distinguish her from Ms. Rogers. But wouldn't they better resemble sisters if they were both blonds?) The Irving Berlin numbers are quite good, ranging from light and airy ("Let Yourself Go," "I'd Rather Lead A Band") to elegant ("Let's Face The Music And Dance"). This final number is the film's bewitching finale, performed on a lovely Art-Deco rooftop and illustrates Astaire's penchant for full-frame, single-take dancing. It is, in a nutshell, singularly gorgeous. The trivia history goes that Rogers' metallic thread gown had weights in the sleeves and hem to make the skirt wind and unwind; the dress was unintentionally difficult to perform in because its flared sleeves hit Astaire across the face IN THE FIRST TAKE- and after many re-shoots trying to cover it up, they ended up printing that first take (we have to assume that was apparently the best performance of the dance, but you can see the sleeves brush across Astaire's face). It loses one-half point from me, because Randolph Scott says 'bebby' once too often.


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