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Follow the Fleet
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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
- 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
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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.Read more ›
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.
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)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A lot of fun to watch this movie from a much more innocent time.Published 2 months ago by Buying Books
Fun Irving Berlin tunes. My favorite part is a very young Harriet Nelson singing. Rock star Ricky Nelson looked just like her. Never noticed this before. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Okoboji Swimmer
When you fall in love, nothing else matters. A person tries to win over the other person, like Astare chases after Ginger Rogers.Published 7 months ago by Jackie Pike
Great film: Very bad transfer. I found better samples of "Lets Face the Music and Dance on You Tube.Published 7 months ago by david schulter
1936's Follow the Fleet, with its flimsy plot and nautical theme and the fifth partnering of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, made a killing at the box office. Read morePublished 8 months ago by H. Bala
This is a sleeper movie. Very good if you like happy movies.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
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