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Follow The Fleet [DVD]

Fred Astaire , Ginger Rogers , Mark Sandrich    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott, Harriet Hilliard, Astrid Allwyn
  • Directors: Mark Sandrich
  • Writers: Allan Scott, Dorothy Yost, Dwight Taylor, Hubert Osborne, Lew Lipton
  • Producers: Pandro S. Berman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 4 April 2005
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007N1B5S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,553 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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This Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers vehicle sees Astaire plays Bake Baker, a new recruit in the Navy who comes to the rescue of sisters, Sherry (Rogers) and Harriet Hillard (Connie Martin). Lucille Ball, Betty Grable and Tony Martin appear in minor roles, while the lyrics are supplied by Irving Berlin. Songs include 'Let's Face the Music and Dance', 'Get Thee Behind Me' and 'Let Yourself Go'.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Tappers! 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Fred and Ginger All At Sea 28 July 2011
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Fred is Fleet of Foot in this 1936 classic 4 Jun 2003
By "zetajonesadmirer" VINE VOICE
Format:VHS Tape
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
5.0 out of 5 stars We joined the navy to see the world........ 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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3.0 out of 5 stars Lively. 20 Nov 2013
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A very young Fred Astaire with a predictable story. Some energetic routines but very FA 'solo'. Not one I would really recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Follow to Fred 15 Oct 2013
The copy of this film is not in good condition. Despite the work that must have made the people of WB, the film looks quite worn and grain. There is abundant music of Irving Berlin that was said was the man that more charged in these films and RKO did not refuse. The truth is that one likes to see Fred with his Top Hat and not the sailor dress he wears along almost the entire movie. Only at the end, when he dances with Ginger "Let`s face the music and dance", we see him dressed in the usual manner. Randolph Scott is not the best partner for Fred,I prefer Edward Everett Norton. But well, in the end, despite all the writing, are Fred and Ginger. Excellent.

La copia de esta película no está en buen estado. A pesar del trabajo que deben haber hecho la gente de WB la película se ve desgastada y con bastante grano. Hay abundante música de Irving Berlin que se dice que era el que mas cobraba en estas películas y RKO no se negaba. La verdad que a uno le gusta ver a Fred con su Top Hat y no vestido de marinero que es como luce a lo largo de casi toda la película. Solo al final, cuando baila con Ginger "Let`s face the musica and dance", lo vemos vestido de la manera habitual. Randolph Scott no es el mejor compañero para Fred, prefiero a Edward Everett Norton. Pero bien, al final, y a pesar de todo lo escrito, son Fred y Ginger. Excelente.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They Re-Meet Cute in This One 14 Sep 2013
By Stephanie De Pue TOP 1000 REVIEWER
FOLLOW THE FLEET, (1936), was the fifth of ten pictures made for RKO Radio Pictures by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. It was made after Top Hat, and is, of course, another romantic musical comedy, this time with a score by Irving Berlin. Once again, its family resemblance to the others is unmistakable, as substantially the same team was utilized behind the camera. It was produced by Pandro S. Berman; directed by Mark Sandrich; choreographed by Hermes Pan; Dwight Taylor and Allan Scott adapted it for the screen from the play "Shore Leave." Van Nest Polglase, in his capacity as art director, again produced the sparkling black and white art deco sets.

The plot's silly as ever, maybe even sillier, as Astaire and Rogers play Bake Baker - again with the alliterative name - and Sherry Martin, the comic couple. Probably, this stems from the play on which the film was based, but you have to ask: what were they all thinking? Well, at least Astaire and Rogers play an established, if broken-up couple in this one, and don't meet cute. They re-meet cute. The romantic couple is Harriet Hilliard, in her pre Ozzie Nelson days, Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, as Rogers' confidant, and sister Connie; and Randolph Scott,Cariboo Trail , who doesn't exactly cast a testosterone-fueled shadow, as Astaire's shipmate Bilge Smith. Astrid Allwyn plays Mrs. Iris Manning, the spoiler. The young Lucille Ball,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classy format
Well reproduced onto DVD with only a little fading and fluttering on the soundtrack a real must for dance fans.
Published 8 months ago by RayH
3.0 out of 5 stars Still not the stars!
The third (and last) of the Astaire-Rogers movies (after Flying Down To Rio and Roberta) where Fred and Ginger are sort of second billing. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars Love. It
bought for my daughter as its her favourite film, Just updated really as have it on video. Just a nice easy film to watch going back to a bit of glamour of old Hollywood. Read more
Published 14 months ago by C. Alcock
5.0 out of 5 stars Tip-top movie
My favourite Fred Astaire-Ginger Rogers musical. The only solo by Ginger and wow ! can she move ! Fantastic music and even more fantastic dancing and singing by this duo. Read more
Published 23 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
.....Fred and Ginger at their very best. Another one bought as a gift and much loved by the recipient, my daughter. Recommended!
Published on 8 Jan 2012 by E. Thompson
3.0 out of 5 stars nostalgia
Bought this for the music and the dancing, it was worth it for that. The story ???? is crazy but as stated, music and dancing great and that was my interest. Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2011 by moonface
4.0 out of 5 stars ...There may be trouble ahead...
....but it all ends well!

Bake (Fred Astaire) and Bilge (Randolph Scott) belong to the US navy. At the end of the film, they don't........ Read more
Published on 24 Oct 2010 by Alex da Silva
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Type Musical
I expected the over simple storyline of many 1930's musicals but got slightly more --- not so silly but still lighthearted and great fun!Follow The Fleet [DVD] [1936]
Published on 4 May 2010 by Seaman
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