Father Goose

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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 schoolmistress Catherine Freneau (Leslie Caron) and her seven little-girl charges, whose plane has crashed nearby. The animosity between Walter and Catherine erupts into a slapping contest, with Walter dishing it out as well as taking it. Only when Catherine is bitten by a deadly snake does Walter express his affections for her. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Cary Grant
as Walter Christopher Eckland
Leslie Caron
as Catherine Freneau
Trevor Howard
as Commander Frank Houghton
Jack Good
as Lieutenant Stebbings
Verina Greenlaw
as Christine
Nicole Felsette
as Dominique
Donald Spruance
as Navigator
Simon Scott
as Submarine Captain
John Napier
as Submarine Executive
Peter Forster
as Chaplain
Don Spruance
as Navigator
Ken Swofford
as Helmsman
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Critic Reviews for Father Goose

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Audience Reviews for Father Goose

  • Sep 20, 2010
    Average. Annoying for the first two thirds, then okay. The acting was decent enough, but the plot... well it was way to predictable or just awful.
    Liz < Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    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.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 14, 2010
    This may have been the first movie I ever saw as a special premiere, and although I was very young, I can recall this to this day. We actually lined up to see this in the rain in New York at the Radio City Music Hall. The movie itself was not very successful, and the lack of chemistry between the leads is evident as I watch it today. However, the story is actually pretty interesting, with the backdrop of the war and the coast-watchers. Seeing it much later as an adult, I found it had left deep impressions on me as far as movies. But Cary Grant was always worth watching.
    Mark K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 30, 2010
    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!
    Jennifer D Super Reviewer

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