Follow the Fleet (1936) starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott, Harriet Hilliard
Follow the Fleet, a musical romantic comedy starring Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Randolph Scott, Harriet Hilliard
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.
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Songs in Follow the Fleet
- We Saw the Sea – by Irving Berlin, performed by Fred Astaire and chorus
- Let Yourself Go – by Irving Berlin, Performed by Ginger Rogers
- Get Thee Behind Me, Satan – written by Irving Berlin, performed by Harriet Nelson
- I’d Rather Lead a Band – written by Irving Berlin, performed by Fred Astaire
- But Where Are You? written by Irving Berlin, performed by Harriet Nelson
- I’m Putting All My Eggs in One Basket. Written by Irving Berlin, song and dance performed by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers
- Let’s Face the Music and Dance. Written by Irving Berlin, sung by Fred Astaire, danced by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers