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Follow the Fleet (1936)

Fred Astaire , Ginger Rogers , Friz Freleng , Joseph Henabery  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott, Harriet Hilliard, Astrid Allwyn
  • Directors: Friz Freleng, Joseph Henabery, Mark Sandrich
  • Writers: Allan Scott, Dorothy Yost, Dwight Taylor, Hubert Osborne, Lew Lipton
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 16, 2005
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009NSCQ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #91,829 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Follow the Fleet" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New featurette: Follow the Fleet: The Origins of Those Dancing Feet
  • Musical short: Melody Master: Jimmie Lunceford and His Dance Orchestra
  • Classic Cartoon: Let It Be Me
  • Theatrical trailer

Editorial Reviews

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.

DVD Features:
Featurette:Follow the Fleet: The Origins of Those Dancing Feet
Other:Musical Short Melody Master: Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra and Classic Cartoon Let It Be Me

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fine and somewhat underrated Fred and Ginger musical February 22, 2008
Follow The Fleet is a solid RKO musical from 1936 that gives us Fred Astaire as Bake Baker, navy seaman and Ginger Rogers as Sherry Martin dancing at their best, even if the plot is rather thin. Look also for a great performance by Randolph Scott as Bilge Smith, Bake's buddy in the navy; and Harriet Hilliard plays Connie Martin, Sherry's sister. The plot and the action move along at a good pace; and the convincing acting was very nicely done.

The action starts when a navy ship carrying Bake Baker and his buddy Bilge Smith come into San Francisco's port. Bake wants to rekindle his old romance with Sherry but for now at least she wants nothing of the sort between them. Bilge soon falls for Sherry's sister Connie; and this provides a subplot even though too much time is spent on Bilge and Connie's relationship, in my opinion.

Bake wants Sherry back very badly--and he even ruins a job or two for her just to make sure she's still available! This causes obvious complications between Sherry and Bake. Meanwhile, Connie wants marriage with Bilge; but Bilge certainly isn't ready for marriage with any woman.

The song and dance numbers shared by Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire are nothing less than heavenly; they dance exceptionally well together especially in the film's finale, "Let's Face The Music And Dance." We also get a scene in which Ginger dances by herself; and this is noteworthy simply because it so rarely happened in the movies.

Look also for some great musical numbers on board the navy ship. Fred really knew how to dance!

The DVD comes with a very good bonus about Fred and Ginger; it has historians and Fred's daughter discussing how Fred and Ginger got into show business and finally movies.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Quite Their Best But Not Bad September 6, 2005
By Grendel
"Follow the Fleet" differs from the 3 classic Astaire and Rogers films "Swing Time", "Shall We Dance" and "Top Hat" in that the comedy beats usually provided by Victor Moore, Eric Blore, Edward Horton, and Helen Broderick are notiecably absent. In their place is a second melo-dramatic plot line with Harriet Hilliard and Randolph Scott which isnt bad but can't compare to say a scene from "Top Hat" with Edward Horton and Eric Blore and the laughs they get.

So, you can skip over the Scott and Hilliard spots or enjoy the irony of Harriet's "Get Thee Behind Me Satan" number knowing that she will become Harriet in the Ozzie and Harriet early TV sitcom.

The rest of the movie is brilliant Astaire and Rogers, launching one great Irving Berlin song after another. There's Ginger's spicy "Let Yourself Go" delivered in an adorable satin sailor suit, Fred's very funny "We Joined the Navy", and the unforgetable duet and tap number "I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket", a tune you can't get out of your head along with Ginger's goofy and charming playfullness in the tap dance. And of course this movie contains one of Astaire and Roger's most memorable ballroom dance numbers "Let's Face the Music and Dance". This routine alone shows the amazing story telling ability of Astaire's coreography combined with the Roger's powerful but silent emoting while dancing in that fantastic beaded dress. Any serious Astaire and Rogers collector has to get this movie if just for this dance by itself.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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I am a big fan of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and thought that "Follow the Fleet" is one of their best films. I especially like the comical plot. Irving Berlin is brilliant, as usual, and delivers several fantastic numbers including "Let Yourself Go" (my personal favorite), "We Joined the Navy", and "Let's Face the Music"(which brings tears to my eyes). I also liked the comical number, "I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket". Absolutly Brilliant.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And He Can Play the Piano, Too! October 6, 2000
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Fred Astaire is known, of course, as a dancer, but he was sadly underestimated for his skills as a singer and a musician. In Follow the Fleet, the highlight of the film is that we get to see Fred Astaire pounding away on a rickety wooden upright in a barrel-house rendition of "I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket." I love watching Fred Astaire dance, and I really love watching him play the piano! If I remember correctly, Roberta was the first picture we saw that featured the piano-playing of Fred Astaire. So go and buy this movie. Treat yourself to one of the finer things in life!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blue Collar Fred Astaire (a DVD Review) August 21, 2005
By N. Lim
The fifth Fred & Ginger (F&G) movie, Follow the Fleet shows two sides of Fred's character, Seaman Bake Baker. In other F&G movies, he is the upper class, suave gentleman. But in this one he plays a blue collar, enlisted seaman in the navy. In one part, you see him in his white tie and tails dancing and in control; in another part, he gets in trouble for trying to punch a commissioned officer. Two love stories in one movie, the additional romance of Connie Martin (Harriet Hilliard) and Bilge Smith (Randolph Scott) keeps the plot moving and enriches the story.

The featurette, "Follow the Fleet: The Origins of Those Dancing Feet" explains how F&G each got into show business, how they got their "big breaks," and where they first met. You'll discover why Fred went to RKO and not to one of the larger, better-known studios. It includes interviews with Ava Astaire McKenzie (daughter), archivists, and biographers with a mix of F&G photographs and film clips. (Run time 13:53)

The musical short, "Melody Master: Jimmy Lunceford and His Dance Orchestra" starts with a scene with the devil in hell, which makes you wonder, "What's this short all about?" but then quickly cuts to a show of the dance orchestra. No F&G in this short but consistent with the era. (B&W, Run time 10:13)

The classic Merrie Melodies cartoon "Let It Be Me" tells the story of an innocent farm hen who gets wooed by a cocky, big-time, radio-star-singing rooster. (Run time 7:51)

Theatrical Trailer (Run time 1:25)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful film, watched it with my daughter for her ...
Wonderful film, watched it with my daughter for her Dance in Cinema class, and just loved it all over again.
Published 5 days ago by colleen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Perpetually charming! What else can be said? jw
Published 26 days ago by Dr. John Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars We saw the sea
Beautiful, classic and unforgettable.
Published 1 month ago by Bindhi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
You couldn't wish for a better cast. Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and Randolph Scott. A fun movie.
Published 2 months ago by Richard B. Schlottenmeier
4.0 out of 5 stars This film shows Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers dancing up ...
This film shows Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers dancing up a storm. There was a somewhat stormy plot. Interesting to see how people lived (sort of) in that era and their various... Read more
Published 3 months ago by nebbie
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Classic
If you are a fan of old classic or musical with comedy this is it. This movie is fantastic to watch for it has everything in it. It makes you laugh, sing and enjoy. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Dneydra
1.0 out of 5 stars boring, bad, naive
Awful script, lack of good dance numbers. Just bad and boring. Top Hat and You Were Never Lovelier have awsome dance numbers.
Published 6 months ago by LARS J.
5.0 out of 5 stars follow the fleet review
this is a very good movie. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys watching fred Astaire dance. he is tops in my book. and ginger rogers is a charmer.
Published 6 months ago by scoop
3.0 out of 5 stars Not overly impressed
I have always enjoyed the Fred Estaire/Ginger Rogers teaming but I have to say I wasn't really impressed with this one. Read more
Published 7 months ago by NHMovieLover
5.0 out of 5 stars Just can't help but love it.
With all that great dancing, you just can't help but love it. I was even impressed with Mr. Scott. Enjoy
Published 7 months ago by thesterlingmutt
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