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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Walter
... Catherine
... Houghton
... Stebbings
Sharyl Locke ... Jenny
... Anne
... Christine
... Elizabeth
Jennifer Berrington ... Harriet
Laurelle Felsette ... Angelique
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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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 »


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21 January 1965 (Netherlands)  »

Also Known As:

Der große Wolf ruft  »

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$12,500,000
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cary Grant plays a scruffy, whiskey-swilling beachcomber sailor in this movie. He is considered to be cast against type for this role, quite antithetical to his suave, sophisticated, debonair on-screen persona. See more »

Goofs

As Walter looks at the hole in his boat right after Frank hits it you can see that most of the actual "hole" is black paint on the side. It is apparent as you can see water lapping up against it rather than go through. See more »

Quotes

Lieutenant Stebbings RAN: We could have transferred George Dickens from the interior if he hadn't gotten himself eaten that way.
Commander Frank Houghton RAN: You needn't make him sound such a shirker, Stebbings.
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Connections

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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 See 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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