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Follow the Fleet [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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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, DVD-Video, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Turner Home Ent
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Aug 2005
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009NSCQ2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 267,271 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Of the nine films Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers completed for RKO Pictures, Follow the Fleet falls short of the top echelon. Coming between series peaks Top Hat and Swing Time, Fleet repeats the mistake (à la Flying Down to Rio and Roberta) of casting Fred and Ginger as the comic couple, while the romantic roles went to Randolph Scott and Harriet Hilliard (before she went on to fame with her husband, Ozzie Nelson, in Ozzie and Harriet). Fred puts down his top hat to become sailor Bake Baker (yet another of his alliterative screen names), while Ginger plays old flame Sherry Martin. The two are reunited when Fred takes shore leave in San Francisco, and soon their efforts turn to helping Ginger's sister Connie (Hilliard) land Fred's shipmate Bilge (Scott). (Look for Lucille Ball and Betty Grable in small roles.) Too much screen time is spent on Hilliard and Scott, but Fred and Ginger make up for it with plenty of laughs and some classic musical numbers, and Irving Berlin's score is one of the best of the series, with cunning lyrics and melodies that linger in the memory. Highlights include Fred and Ginger in a dance contest, a Ginger solo tap number, and "I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket," their best comic dance. The pièce de résistance is "Let's Face the Music and Dance," a show within a show in which Fred and Ginger don their customary evening formals. Effortlessly flowing from pantomime to song to dance, this sublime piece of storytelling is one of Fred and Ginger's defining moments. --David Horiuchi

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By "dancing-girl" on 28 Aug 2001
Format: VHS Tape
The tap dancing is this film is absolutely first rate and the storyline is, as always, charming and gripping! Fred and Ginger also sparkle in a way, never seen before, as the difference between "Follow the Fleet" and other Astaire-Rogers movies is that this one does not have the typical 'boy meets girl' plotline. I would definitely recommend this title to everyone! Also watch out for Gingers sparkling tap solo performed to 'Let yourself go'!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER on 28 July 2011
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Fred and Ginger team up again with a score by Irving Berlin. Bake Baker (Astaire) is an ex-dancer in the navy. His pal Bilge Smith (Randolph Scott) go on shore leave. They meet Bake's ex-dance partner Sherry Martin (Ginger Rogers)and her sister Connie (Harriet Hilliard) in a San Francisco ballroom. Connie falls for Bilge, providing the love interest. Plans are hatched to raise money to renovate a schooner for Bilge with a benefit performance involving Bake and Sherry.

The main settings are a battleship with a deck big enough to hold a fleet of tapping sailors, a dancehall in paradise and a schooner large enough for a massive Hollywood film set. Stand out number is the famous 'Let's Face the Music and Dance', first sung by Astaire and then stunningly danced to with Ginger in the fund-raising finale. Astaire is in formal dress for this number. Otherwise he is in casual clothes striking up a more relaxed coupling with Ginger. 'Let Yourself Go' finds the partners flying on the dance floor and rehearsing 'I'm putting all my eggs in one basket' for a 'competitive dance routine' on the schooner (song introduced by Astaire on the piano). Doleful ballads 'Get Thee Behind Me Satan' and 'But Where Are You' are sung by Hilliard in between dance proceedings providing a musical contrast.

The naval theme is enhanced by Astaire and his sailor mates on deck with 'We Saw The Sea' and 'I'd Rather Lead a Band'. Ginger gets to tap dance (her only one in a Fred/Ginger movie). This episode in a magical series of their legendary dance partnership should be savoured and enjoyed. Highly entertaining.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By MFL VINE VOICE on 4 Jun 2003
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The jauntiness of several of Irving Berlin's songs in this film is counteracted by the romance of 'Let's Face the Music and Dance.' Although Torville and Dean were good in this music, nobody does it like Fred and Ginger. They also perform the brilliant tap routine 'I'm Putting all my Eggs in one Basket', which features Astaire playing the piano. Fred does two numbers on board a naval ship, 'We Saw the Sea' and 'I'd Rather Lead a Band', both of them performed to perfection. There's a cute monkey and the decision to not let the boy get the girl at the end of the plot makes a novel contrast to so many of the earlier Astaire-Rogers outings. Innovative.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Right Reverend on 5 Aug 2011
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One of my favourite and one of the most underrated and enjoyable musicals of all time.Fred and Ginger at their best and with a marvellous Irving Berlin score,it is just a wonderful hour and 50 minutes of pure entertainment.You just cannot beat these classic films.
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Great to watch old films again good quality.
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By D. Cordy on 5 July 2014
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Old Film - Great
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By Hanne on 2 May 2014
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I love old american movies and especially Astaire and Rogers, this one was perfect. I will buy again very soon.
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Follow The Fleet was the first VHS video I ever bought at the age of 14 in 1985. It was my introduction to the movies of Fred and Ginger and has always been one of my favourites. Updating my collection, I purchased the DVD version and I'm very pleased with the quality and picture and sound over all.

One thing worth noting with this particular DVD version is that - at last! - 'Get Thee Behind Me Satan' is the uncensored version. My old VHS had an original English copy of the film, where censors of the day felt the need to take out the word 'Satan' every time Harriet Hilliard sang the word - making a mockery of the song, and spoiling it completely with shoddy edits. Now, thankfully, we can watch and hear this song in it's entirety - worth the price in itself!
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