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Father Goose

Father Goose (1964)

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Release Date: Dec 10, 1964 Wide

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Deliberately casting his established screen image to the four winds, Cary Grant plays Walter Eckland, an unkempt, uncouth and unshaven beach bum in Father Goose. During World War II, Walter keeps busy relaying radio reports of Japanese air activity. But he's no hero, and in fact volunteered for this mission only because he's been promised a shipment of liquor by Australian naval officer Frank Houghton (Trevor Howard). Making matters worse for the misanthropic Eckland is the arrival of French

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Watching Cary Grant shuffle about like an angry, disheveled bum is funny to a degree that it wouldn't be for virtually any other actor who could have conceivably fit the role.

August 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of Cary Grant's last pictures (he retired 2 years later) is one of his most commercially popular vehicles, with an Oscar-winning script by Peter Stone and Leslie Caron (who's half his age) as love interest.

August 5, 2009 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Though Cary Grant manages to get the most he can from the role, it's not enough to cover up the film's emptiness.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Not up to Grant's stature

May 11, 2005

Grant cheerfully plays against a lifetime of typecasting in this modestly entertaining romantic comedy… sparks of more than one sort fly between [Grant] and [Caron].

January 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

Cary Grant's penultimate film is a real charmer.

January 22, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

an immensely amusing tale, with a great Grant performance

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

Audience Reviews for Father Goose

This is one of those movies where the lone bachelor is all of a sudden having to take care of some kids, and it doesn't do much to shake things up by way of theme, either. Grant gives an okay performance, but the movie's just okay.
December 4, 2010
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What a cute movie! I felt really bad for Cary Grant for like the first half though, I would have beaten those kids for stealing my stuff, but it turned out well enough! It was really funny and the whole thing flowed really well. LOVED seeing Mr. Grant all un-sophisticated!
June 30, 2010
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Jennifer D

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Cary Grant sheds his debonair image and portrays a cowardly misanthrope lumbered with a french schoolteacher and her class of young girls on a desert island during WWII. The romance is charming, it's exciting when the enemy appears and there are loads of laughs. Quirky and lots of fun.
July 14, 2007
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xGary Xx

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loved it. still do. she's a sparkler, ain't she? those were the days, eh?
July 12, 2007
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