LUCY'S MOVIE GUIDE
Follow the Fleet (1936)
(featuring Lucille Ball as Kitty Collins)
This lesser Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers vehicle is one of several screen versions of the venerable Hubert Osborne stage play Shore Leave.
For reasons unknown, Fred and Ginger are virtually supporting players here, spending most of their time trying to patch up the romance between Fred's fellow sailor Randolph Scott and Ginger's sister Harriet Hilliard (better known as Harriet Nelson, of Ozzie and Harriet fame).
One of the sillier aspects of the plot hinges on raising enough money to renovate a broken-down old ship; to do this, Fred and Ginger stage a lengthy musical number that must have cost five times as much money as they raised!
Special Notes: Not only will you spot Lucille Ball but also another fresh-faced starlet, Betty Grable in this film. Follow the Fleet was extremely successful at the box office, and during 1936, Astaire's recorded versions of "Let Yourself Go", "I'm Putting all My Eggs in One Basket", and "Let's Face the Music and Dance" reached their highest positions in the US Hit Parade.