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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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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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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 »


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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Frank's remark to Walter that the Japanese had taken Singapore that morning fixes the date the film opens as February 15, 1942. The official surrender, however, did not take place until 5:15 in the afternoon. 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

Catherine Freneau: Where is your boat?
Walter Eckland: [Indicating the dinghy] It's right there lady. If you spit you'd sink it.
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Connections

Featured in The 42nd Annual Academy Awards (1970) 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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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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