Follow the Fleet

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  • PG
All hands on deck! In the fifth of 10 Astaire/Rogers pairings, Fred trades his top hat for a sailor's cap, Randolph Scott gets the girl (pre-Nelson Harriet Hilliard), Ginger gets a tap solo and viewers get the unending delight of seven sparkling Irving... read more
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All hands on deck! In the fifth of 10 Astaire/Rogers pairings, Fred trades his top hat for a sailor's cap, Randolph Scott gets the girl (pre-Nelson Harriet Hilliard), Ginger gets a tap solo and viewers get the unending delight of seven sparkling Irving Berlin numbers, including Let Yourself Go, We Saw the Sea, the Duo's zany I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket skit and their sublimely powerful Let's Face the Music and Dance. Astaire is Bake Baker, a hoofer now given to stepping a sailor's horn-pipe while he and other swabbies patrol the seas for democracy. Rogers is his former partner Sherry, now convoying the Navy around a ballroom for 10 cents a dance. But one day the fleet returns to home port. Bake again meets Sherry, and the partnership is renewed at least for one more show. In small early-career roles, look for a very blond Lucille Ball and a very young Betty Grable.

Original Release

02/20/1936

US Release

02/20/1936

Cast

Fred Astaire Bake Baker
Ginger Rogers Sherry Martin
Randolph Scott Bilge Smith
Harriet Nelson Connie Martin
Astrid Allwyn Mrs. Iris Manning / Iris Manning
Betty Grable Singer in Trio
Harry Beresford Captain Hickey
Russell Hicks Jim Nolan
Brooks Benedict David Sullivan
Ray Mayer Dopey Williams
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Mark Sandrich

Writers

Dwight Taylor, Hubert Osborne, Lew Lipton, Dorothy Yost, Allan Scott

Cast

Fred Astaire Bake Baker
Ginger Rogers Sherry Martin
Randolph Scott Bilge Smith
Harriet Nelson Connie Martin
Astrid Allwyn Mrs. Iris Manning / 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
Tom Brower Policeman
Lita Chevret Showgirl in Casino Number
Jeanne Gray Singer in Trio
Joy Hodges Singer in Trio
Tony Martin Sailor
Kitty McHugh Minor Role
Frank Moran Husky Sailor
Doris Lloyd Mrs. Courtney
Frank Sully Sailor

Producers

Editors

Henry Berman

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