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Father Goose (1964)

Approved | | Adventure, Comedy, Romance | 24 December 1964 (UK)
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:

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

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

The date the film opens is fixed as February 15, 1942 by Frank telling Walter that the Japanese had taken Singapore that morning. However, all women and children, even those of diplomatic personnel, had been evacuated from Rabaul the previous December. There is absolutely no way Catherine and the girls could have been in the area under the circumstances she describes. 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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Soundtracks

Pass Me By
Lyrics: Carolyn Leigh
Music by Cy Coleman (uncredited)
Sung by Digby Wolfe (uncredited)
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Elegant Comedy-Mystery
25 May 2003 | by harry-76See all my reviews

This second to last film of Cary Grant was one he spoke highly of in interviews.

It was my decided pleasure to be in attendance at his "A Conversation With Cary Grant" at the Front Row Theater in Cleveland shortly before his death. During this unforgettable evening, Grant fielded questions from an audience of over five hundred for nearly two hours.

Grant seemed to possess a photographic memory, recalling incidents of his life and career down to the smallest detail. "Father Goose" was revealed to be one of his favorite projects.

Looking at the film today, one can see the senior star enjoying his character and well polished script. He was nicely paired with Leslie Caron, and the two struck an engaging chemistry for these capers.

Grant also had the good sense to say farewell to these leading man parts (being aware that he could never become a "character" actor) threw in the towel and moved on to better things, like Fabrege.

We're left with another delightful Grant performance in an illustrious and remarkably diversified career.


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