Follow the Fleet

  • U
  • Mark Sandrich (1936)
  • US
  • 110 min
Follow the Fleet
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

In this wonderful musical comedy, shore-leave sailors Fred Astaire and Randolph Scott breeze into town and fall for sisters Ginger Rogers and Harriet Hilliard. The plot revolving around the Scott/Hilliard characters had dominated the stage play Shore Leave and the Broadway show and film of Hit the Deck, on which sources this film was based. But here it plays second fiddle to the romance between the swaggering Astaire and the equally sassy Rogers. The settings might not be the Art Deco delights of the couple's other pictures and not all of Irving Berlin's songs would make his greatest hits compilation, but the song-and-dance duo are as captivating as ever and Let's Face the Music and Dance ranks as one of their finest routines.

Plot Summary

Musical comedy starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Song-and-dance man "Bake" Baker joins the navy when his girlfriend Sherry leaves him, but their romance is rekindled when the fleet docks in San Francisco.

Cast and crew


"Bake" Baker
Fred Astaire
Sherry Martin
Ginger Rogers
Bilge Smith
Randolph Scott
Connie Martin
Harriet Nelson
Iris Manning
Astrid Allwyn
Betty Grable
Captain Ezra Hickey
Harry Beresford
Jim Nolan
Russell Hicks
Brooks Benedict
Ray Mayer
Kitty Collins
Lucille Ball


Mark Sandrich

Other Information

Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Radio Pictures Ltd
Available on video and DVD
Certificate U