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Father Goose (1964)

During World War II, a man persuaded to live on an isolated island and spot aircraft finds himself responsible for a teacher and several students, all female.

Director:

Ralph Nelson

Writers:

Peter Stone (screenplay), Frank Tarloff (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Walter
Leslie Caron ... Catherine
Trevor Howard ... Houghton
Jack Good ... Stebbings
Sharyl Locke Sharyl Locke ... Jenny
Pip Sparke ... Anne
Verina Greenlaw ... Christine
Stephanie Berrington ... Elizabeth
Jennifer Berrington Jennifer Berrington ... Harriet
Laurelle Felsette Laurelle Felsette ... Angelique
Nicole Felsette Nicole Felsette ... Dominique
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Storyline

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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The story of the Beachcomber and the Castaway Schoolteacher who gave him some surprising lessons ! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Japanese

Release Date:

24 December 1964 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Der große Wolf ruft See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$12,500,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Granox Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sidney Poitier visited the set during the production shoot in Jamaica to congratulate director Ralph Nelson on receiving a Best Director Oscar nomination for Lilies of the Field (1963), a film he had worked on with Poitier. See more »

Goofs

Catherine claims to have been engaged to Cesare, an official at the Italian consulate in Fiume, Yugoslavia. However, Fiume was administered as part of Italy from 1922 to 1945, so there was no Italian consulate. See more »

Quotes

Commander Frank Houghton RAN: [Telling Walter the code-names to be used on the radio] I'm Big Bad Wolf, Stebbings here is Bo Peep, and you're...
Lieutenant Stebbings RAN: Mother Goose, Sir.
Commander Frank Houghton RAN: That's it. You're Mother Goose. Now try and remember all that, Walter. It's bloody important.
Walter Eckland: Yeah, bloody.
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Connections

Referenced in Family Guy: Baby Got Black (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Pass Me By
Lyrics: Carolyn Leigh
Music by Cy Coleman (uncredited)
Sung by Digby Wolfe (uncredited)
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Apologies?
4 April 2007 | by newday98074See all my reviews

It appears that many reviewers on IMDb want to consider Father Goose as a minor feature, lacking the sophistication of better comedies. I think it is worthy of a listing toward the top flight of comedic endeavor. What makes a "good comedy" after all? Can you comment on a more important event than WW 2 and attitudes towards it? Can you have a more able actor and supporting cast? Was the initial attack on the South Seas and attempts to defend more important than later efforts? Is the true story of humanity with all weaknessness, better expressed in any other WW2 movie? I think Father Goose is a first class movie in Script and performance. Why say it is less because it doesn't appear to address PC issues? I love this movie.


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