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Follow the Fleet

To keep the Astaire-Rogers cycle going, they had to work as many variations on the basic plot as possible. This one seemed a good idea: reversing the usual conventions, making Astaire a gum-chewing sailor on shore leave and Rogers a dance-hall hostess. It seemed like a good idea, but it wasn't—especially when the whole aura of continental chic floods back in for the final number, “Let's Face the Music and Dance.” The pace is all wrong—as is the other older couple, Randolph Scott and Harriet Hilliard (Arlene Croce says they go together like red whiskey and Seconal). The music is by Irving Berlin, though. 110 min.

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