Father Goose

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Overview

Deliberately casting his established screen image to the four winds, Cary Grant plays Walter Eckland, an unkempt, uncouth and unshaven beach bum in Father Goose. During World War II, Walter keeps busy relaying radio reports of Japanese air activity. But he's no hero, and in fact volunteered for this mission only because he's been promised a shipment of liquor by Australian naval officer Frank Houghton Trevor Howard. Making matters worse for the misanthropic Eckland is the arrival of French schoolmistress ...
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Overview

Deliberately casting his established screen image to the four winds, Cary Grant plays Walter Eckland, an unkempt, uncouth and unshaven beach bum in Father Goose. During World War II, Walter keeps busy relaying radio reports of Japanese air activity. But he's no hero, and in fact volunteered for this mission only because he's been promised a shipment of liquor by Australian naval officer Frank Houghton Trevor Howard. Making matters worse for the misanthropic Eckland is the arrival of French schoolmistress Catherine Freneau Leslie Caron and her seven little-girl charges, whose plane has crashed nearby. The animosity between Walter and Catherine erupts into a slapping contest, with Walter dishing it out as well as taking it. Only when Catherine is bitten by a deadly snake does Walter express his affections for her.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Father Goose is a favorite of Cary Grant fans, even though it indicates his limitations as an actor: he rarely stops being his usual charming and sophisticated self to transform into Walter Eckland, drunk and loner. The film, though, is a audience pleaser, thanks significantly to the Oscar-winning screenplay by S.H. Barnett, Peter Stone, and Frank Tarloff, which expertly exploits the humor inherent in the school marm-versus-reprobate plot. What works about the film is the chemistry between Grant and co-star Leslie Caron. The film has a nice, pleasant look, thanks largely to the cinematography of Charles Lang and the work of director Ralph Nelson, who seems to grasp the lack of seriousness of the material.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/28/2013
  • UPC: 887090064705
  • Original Release: 1964
  • Rating:

  • Source: Olive Films
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:58:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,668

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Grant Walter Eckland
Leslie Caron Catherine Freneau
Trevor Howard Commodore Frank Houghton
Jack Good Lt. Stebbins
Sharyl Locke Jenny
Pip Sparke Anne
Verina Greenlaw Christine
Stephanie Berrington Elizabeth
Jennifer Berrington Harriet
Laurelle Felsette Angelique
Nicole Felsette Dominique
Donald Spruance Navigator
Alex Finlayson Doctor
Peter Forster Chaplain
Richard Lupino Radioman
John Napier Submarine Executive
Simon Scott Submarine Captain
Ken Swofford Helmsman
Technical Credits
Ralph Nelson Director
Ray Aghayan Costumes/Costume Designer
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Robert Arthur Producer
S.H. Barnett Original Story
Henry Bumstead Art Director
Cy Coleman Score Composer
Joseph E. Gershenson Musical Direction/Supervision
Ted Kent Editor
Charles B. Lang Cinematographer
Caroline Leigh Songwriter
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
George Milo Set Decoration/Design
William Russell Sound/Sound Designer
Tom Shaw Asst. Director
Peter Stone Screenwriter
Frank Tarloff Screenwriter
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
Ernest B. Wehmeyer Production Manager
Bud Westmore Makeup
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Father Goose
1. Chapter 1 [:12]
1. Chapter 1 [11:58]
2. Chapter 2 [21:08]
3. Chapter 3 [11:42]
4. Chapter 4 [13:23]
5. Chapter 5 [8:40]
6. Chapter 6 [21:07]
7. Chapter 7 [12:23]
8. Chapter 8 [16:09]
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Average Rating 4.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Good Movie

    This is an all around good family movie. It is worth watching at least once. Cary Grant is wonderful as a gruffy man that likes his booze. The comedy will keep you laughing and wondering what will happen next. Including a snake bite scare.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Adrift

    Another classic movie with Cary Grant. If you are into Mr. Grant, this will be another delightful DVD to view. LOL moments occur when Cary Grant as a WW II drifter finds some lovely creations in the sea, and not just the usual sea life he was expecting to see through his binoculars. The fun begins as he tries to "live" with the unexpected "visitors." Great entertainment.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Released 1964 / Born 197?

    Yes, that's right, the movie is much older than I am; however, I find it not only entertaining but a wonderful piece of cinema! I first saw this movie on an A&E type special and always wondered 'what was that movie I saw?' I am confident that you and yours will find Father Goose to be a wonderful addition to your library.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A True Time Classic

    This movie is one that I would reccommend for the whole family. In today's society, we often go for the high tech shows, but this show offers the viewers a chance to actually leave the movie with a warm feeling.
    It shows how any person over time can change...and for the better. Watch it and you'll agree.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Classic Film

    This is one of our favorite Cary Grant films. Funny, sweet, charming and great for the whole family -- a great way to introduce a classic film.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Grant the beachcomber hermit and Caron the straight-lace schoolteacher bring their gifts and charm to a routine story.

    The better of Grant's last two films, Father Goose gets lots of mileage out of a strong cast (Grant, Howard and Caron) struggling with a routine script. Refreshing to see Grant rumpled and unshaven, getting the most out of every line. Widescreen cinematography is impressive, but overall it just serves to remind us of Grant's long career and well-earned reputation for making comedy, charm and style look so effortless.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Father Goose

    Gary Grant at his best makes this a good movie to watch on a rainy day. Leslie Caron's character is played with great gusto, conviction and maybe some personal experience. The children bring it all together to make this film a funny and lighthearted movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They can't make movies like this anymore...

    My father was just a little kid when this movie first came out but it's still, hands down, his favorite movie. I grew up watching it on tape and in my opinion no other movie can measure up to this one. It's a shame that most kids my age (17) can't appreciate classics such as this. This will allways be (thanks to my father:) my favorite movie, no matter how many good ones I see. They just can't make movies like this anymore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    Iv'e grown up with classics and this is one of the BEST!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful movie!

    This is a true classic. I love anything with Cary Grant in it but this is my favorite. Humorous and sweet this movie will keep you in stitches!

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