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A song and dance man joins the Navy with a pal and meets two sisters in need of help.
Release Date: 16-AUG-2005
Media Type: DVD
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Ginger Rogers singing that song, and with the closeups shows her beauty. This is a fun movie with misunderstandings and mixups. It is entertaining! Read morePublished on March 12 2004 by CEF
In FOLLOW THE FLEET two sailors (Fred Astair and Randolph Scott) go ashore on liberty after completing a long cruise. Astair looks up his old dance partner (Ginger Rogers). Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2003 by Peter Kenney
I am a big fan of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers and thought that "Follow the Fleet" is one of their best films. I especially like the comical plot. Read morePublished on April 23 2003
Fred Astaire is known, of course, as a dancer, but he was sadly underestimated for his skills as a singer and a musician. Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2000 by Ignacio Blade
Some of the best Rogers/Astaire dances, and some great music. But you'll be glad you have a fast-forward button, because this is the Fred & Ginger movie with the worst script;... Read morePublished on April 12 2000
The deliciousness of this film is all solidly on the legs of Astaire and Rogers and the subplot could have been lost with no detriment. Read morePublished on Jan. 18 2000
A sailor, Bake Baker (Fred Astaire) looks up his former dance partner, Sherry Martin (Ginger Rogers) while on leave. Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2000 by Nancy K. Grimes
Follow the Fleet is my favourite Ginger and Fred movie. The plot maybe thin, but the music and dancing is second to none. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 1999
I've loved Ginger and Fred ever since I was five. I could not say which of their movies is the best: I like them all. Read morePublished on Nov. 22 1999 by Gemma