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Father Goose (1964)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Comedy, Romance  |  10 December 1964 (USA)
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During WW2, a man persuaded to live on an isolated island and spot aircraft finds himself responsible for a teacher and several students, all female.



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During World War II South Sea beachcomber Walter Eckland is persuaded to spy on planes passing over his island. He gets more than he bargained for as schoolteacher Catherine Frenau arrives on the run from the Japanese with her pupils in tow! Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Papá ganso  »

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The scene in the dinghy where the small boats gets passed by two large ships was filmed on the Universal Studios back-lot in a large tank on a sound set. In an interview with one of the child stars, Stephanie Berrington [now Stephanie Berrington McNutt] who played Elizabeth, in an interview said: "It was a large tank like a swimming pool. We had wave-making machines which were logs attached to steel arms that kept slapping the water to make waves. The larger ships were actually projected onto screens above the water. At first, the dinghy was just floating free and was not attached to anything. In one of the first few takes, it took on so much water that it sank (it wasn't supposed to) and most of the children were thrilled. It was like going for a swim. There was one child, however, who did not know how to swim so the directors and producers all jumped into the water in their good clothes and expensive watches to "save" us. Needless to say, most of us didn't want to be saved at all! Photos were taken and I believe they were published in the Los Angeles Times." See more »


When Walter is getting ready to take a nap he removes his left shoe twice. See more »


Commander Frank Houghton RAN: [Speaking of Walter] I believe I've found our nail, Sir. A rusty one I grant you, but they don't come any sharper.
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Pass Me By
Lyrics: Carolyn Leigh
Music by Cy Coleman (uncredited)
Sung by Digby Wolfe (uncredited)
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Excellent light comedy for ALL ages
25 May 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I agree with almost all of the other reviews but add that Trevor Howard is wonderful. He is completely natural and believable to the point that he almost steals the show from Cary Grant; not an easy task! Cary and Leslie Caron make their unlikely match seem quite natural. -- And the photography is just gorgeous. This was especially so when I first viewed it on a big screen back when it was released.

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