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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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Taglines:

It's a Surprise Invasion!!! When Cary's Private Island becomes the target for some of the "toughest" characters that ever popped out of the South Pacific!!! See more »


Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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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

Cary Grant was offered the role of Henry Higgins in My Fair Lady (1964) but turned it down to star in this movie. He wanted his Charade (1963) co-star Audrey Hepburn to play Catherine, but she was already committed to My Fair Lady (1964). See more »

Goofs

The movie is supposed to be set in about 1942 as the Japanese are advancing, but in the opening harbor scene a more modern military British truck from 1954 is clearly visible in the background driving from right to left. See more »

Quotes

Walter Eckland: [after Frank's ship bashes a hole in Walter's boat to get him to go to Matalava] FRANK, HAVE YOU LOST YOUR MIND? LOOK AT MY BOAT!
Commander Frank Houghton RAN: [on a bullhorn, pleased with himself] Terribly sorry, Walter! Our steering must have jammed! I'm sorry!
Walter Eckland: IF YOU DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO WORK ONE OF THOSE THINGS, WHY DIDN'T YOU SAY SO?
Commander Frank Houghton RAN: I am sorry!
Walter Eckland: OH, STOP SAYING THAT! LOOK AT MY BOAT! WHAT AM I SUPPOSED TO DO NOW?
Commander Frank Houghton RAN: Become a Coast Watcher, I expect! Luckily, we put a little surprise ashore! Oh, Walter... we'll stand by until ...
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Oh Promise Me
Written by Reginald De Koven and Clement Scott
Played on accordion over the radio during the wedding scene
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FATHER GOOSE IS AN EXCELLENT MOVIE FOR FAMILY
21 May 2004 | by tkoval123See all my reviews

I've recently learnt about Cary Grant and purchased a few of his movies. I like Father Goose the best. Cary Grant and Leslie Caron were very intelligent in this movie: the way they brought out character they played - Mr. Eckland and Madame Freneau.

I feel connected with the story. My daughter and I have watched this movie more than 100 times and we really enjoy it every time. In Father Goose, Cary Grant played a character, which was quite different from other of his movies such as Indiscreet, That Touch Of Mink, To Catch A Thief, etc.., He was unshaved, uncombed, filthy, untidy, insensitive, and care-free. But underneath of this messy image, a suave, full of fact-of-life Walter Eckland would not mind to suck out the venom in an attempt to save Ms. Freneau. I was really moved.


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