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Father Goose ()


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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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Walter
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Catherine
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Houghton
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Stebbings
Sharyl Locke ...
Jenny
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Anne
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Christine
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Elizabeth
Jennifer Berrington ...
Harriet
Laurelle Felsette ...
Angelique
Nicole Felsette ...
Dominique
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alex Finlayson ...
Doctor Bigrave (uncredited)
Peter Forster ...
Chaplain (uncredited)
Richard Lupino ...
Radioman (uncredited)
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Accordionist (uncredited)
John Napier ...
Lt. Cartwright (uncredited)
Simon Scott ...
Captain of Submarine, USS Sailfin (uncredited)
Don Spruance ...
Navigator (uncredited)
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Helmsman, Submarine USS Sailfin (uncredited)

Directed by

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Ralph Nelson

Written by

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Peter Stone ... (screenplay) and
Frank Tarloff ... (screenplay)
 
S.H. Barnett ... (story)

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Robert Arthur ... producer

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Cy Coleman

Cinematography by

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Charles Lang ... director of photography (as Charles Lang Jr.)

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Ted J. Kent

Art Direction by

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Henry Bumstead
Alexander Golitzen

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John McCarthy Jr. ... (set decorations) (as John McCarthy)
George Milo ... (set decorations)

Costume Design by

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Ray Aghayan ... (uncredited)

Makeup Department

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Larry Germain ... hair stylist
Bud Westmore ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Edward Muhl ... in charge of production
Ernest B. Wehmeyer ... production manager (as Ernest Wehmeyer)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Tom Shaw ... assistant director
James Welch ... assistant director (uncredited)

Sound Department

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William Russell ... sound
Waldon O. Watson ... sound

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Chuck Gaspar ... special effects foreman (uncredited)

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Jim Danforth ... miniature maker (uncredited)

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William A. Fraker ... camera operator (uncredited)

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Joseph Gershenson ... music supervisor
Cy Coleman ... conductor (uncredited) / orchestrator (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)

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Wayne Fitzgerald ... title designer (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The story of the Beachcomber and the Castaway Schoolteacher who gave him some surprising lessons ! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Grand méchant loup appelle (France)
  • Der große Wolf ruft (Germany)
  • Operación Whisky (Spain)
  • Abba Avaz (Israel, Hebrew title)
  • Lúd atya (Hungary)
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  • 118 min
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Trivia One of Cary Grant's favorite projects. He always claimed his role in this film was most like his real personality. He claimed he kept in touch with most of the girls as they grew up and had families of their own. 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 »
Movie Connections Edited from Operation Petticoat (1959). See more »
Soundtracks Pass Me By See more »
Quotes Lieutenant Stebbings RAN: Mother Goose is requesting a chaplain.
Commander Frank Houghton RAN: A chaplain? Good heavens, he's killed her.
Lieutenant Stebbings RAN: No, sir. They want to get married.
Commander Frank Houghton RAN: Married? Goody Two-Shoes and the Filthy Beast?
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