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Father Goose (Widescreen)

Cary Grant , Leslie Caron , Ralph Nelson    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Cary Grant's penultimate feature before retirement was this cheerful 1964 effort to overturn his career-long image of urbane sophistication. As the unshaven, messy misanthrope Walter Eckland, a World War II-era beach bum who monitors Japanese air activity for the Australian navy in exchange for booze, Grant makes a convincingly hard-bitten, hard-drinking antihero. Until, that is, a pretty French schoolmistress (Leslie Caron) and her seven little charges (all girls) survive a nearby plane crash and invade Eckland's raunchy isolation. Directed by 1960s hit-maker Ralph Nelson (The Lilies of the Field, Charly), Father Goose is a glossy comedy that also does justice to its more suspenseful scenes (a deadly snakebite suffered by Caron's character is especially memorable) and leaves plenty of room for Grant to indulge in some entertaining if atypical screen behavior. All in all, this is a minor treat in the actor's magnificent filmography. --Tom Keogh

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3.0 out of 5 stars fine comedy May 18 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Cary Grant and Leslie Caron make for an odd screen couple in the comedy FATHER GOOSE.
An indignant but lovable beachcomber is "drafted" by a Naval commander to watch a station on Matalava Island. Stranded, the beachcomber (Cary Grant) comes across a prim and proper school mistress (Leslie Caron) and her seven young charges, also marooned on the island.
Together, the pool their resources to help to Navy, as well as clashing and fighting!
The battle of the sexes has begun!
Directed by Ralph Nelson, also starring Trevor Howard.
Delightful comedy-adventure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cary Grant plays an unshaven outcast! June 29 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Director: Ralph Nelson
Format: Color
Studio: Republic Studios
Video Release Date: November 23, 1999
Cary Grant ... Walter Christopher Eckland/Mother Goose
Leslie Caron ... Catherine Louise Marie Ernestine Freneau
Trevor Howard ... Commander Frank Houghton RAN/Big Bad Wolf
Jack Good ... Lieutenant Stebbings RAN/Bo Peep
Sharyl Locke ... Jenny
Pip Sparke ... Anne
Verina Greenlaw ... Christine
Stephanie Berrington ... Elizabeth Anderson
Jennifer Berrington ... Harriet 'Harry' MacGregor
Laurelle Felsette ... Angelique
Nicole Felsette ... Dominique
Alex Finlayson ... Doctor Bigrave
Peter Forster ... Chaplain
Richard Lupino ... Radioman
John Napier ... Lt. Cartwright, USS Sailfin Executive Officer
Simon Scott ... Captain of Submarine, USS Sailfin
Don Spruance ... Navigator
Ken Swofford ... Helmsman, Submarine USS Sailfin
An unkempt, scruffy Cary Grant plays an American ex-patriate during WWII who is running from civilization, but is recruited into the coast watcher service against his will by Commander Frank Houghton (Trevor Howard)of the Royal Australian Navy with promises of whisky as a bribe. While on an island radioing aircraft and ship traffic, he is induced to take a teacher (Leslie Caron) and her girl charges into his custody. Japanese forces are a constant threat, as well as the danger of snakebite, for which Cary Grant maintains a supply of snakebite remedy. Of course, it is suspected that he also carries a supply of snakes for the same purpose.

This is one of the last movies that Grant made. Two years after it was made, he retired from the movie industry.

The usually dapper, suave Grant, was out of character in this part: unshaven, scruffy, and a drunkard. It was a refreshing part for him, and he played it superbly.

It is a thoroughly entertaining film.

Joseph (Joe) Pierre
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5.0 out of 5 stars Father Goose is Cary Grant at his best! March 25 2004
"Father Goose" is a lot of fun and is arguably Cary Grant's funniest and finest film. Yes, he was great in "Charade", "North by Northwest", "Notorious", etc -- but here his honed skills and comedic timing pay off in this very funny film and makes it well worth seeing. You don't have to be a Cary Grant fan to enjoy this film -- but after seeing it, you will be.
"Father Goose" was nominated for Best Picture (Musical/Comedy) by the Golden Globe and won an Oscars for Best Writing, Story and Screenplay - Written Directly for the Screen in 1965. The cast, production, direction, photography, story -- all are top notch.
The film looks terrific on DVD with an aspect ratio of 1.85. The South Pacific cinematography adds greatly to the visual impact of this film. There are brief bios and filmographies of the priniciples. That's all. No further extras. This film is 16x9 enhanced.
Highly recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cary Grant driven mad by Leslie Carron June 6 2004
Cary Grant plays an American drifter in the Pacific during WW2, who is blakcmailed by Australian Naval officer Trevor Howard into staying on a small island to keep a lookout for Japanese (Howard rams Grant's boat to make sure he can't get away from the island). His peaceful island existence is disrupted when he has to accomodate a French diplomat's daughter (Leslie Carron) and the seven little girls in her charge. Carron is an insufferable prig who forces Grant to give up his hut to accomodate them, and to add insult to injury hides his supply of whiskey. There is a charming scene where, after he has saved the life of one little girl when Japanese land on the island, she shows him where the whiskey is. From then on the girls become friends with Grant, and even the self-righteous Carron unbends a bit and becomes less obnoxious. Then he teaches Carron to catch fish by hand, and as he is fondling her in the water, they start to smoulder at each other, and you probably can guess where it goes from there. The girls are all very good,particularly 'Harry', who is inseperable from her cricket bat. This is a very funny film,though Carron is infuriating through a lot of it. Personally I think it would have been better if Grant had - oh well, perhaps I'd better not finish that thought, it's very politically incorrect.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cary Grant Out Of A Tuxedo Jan. 11 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Cary Grant stars as an ex-professor who has sought refuge (and isolation) in the South Pacific while World War Two rages around him. He is forced to volunteer as a lookout on a remote island, which instead of being invaded by the Japanese, becomes overrun by seven schoolgirls and their teacher Leslie Caron, survivors of a plane crash. Although charming is usually the word used to describe the typical Cary Grant character, it doesn't work in this film. The gruff and frustrating Grant wants nothing to do with the girls or their stubborn teacher, but it's a small island and they're hard to avoid. Grant and Caron work very well together in this blend of comedy and some action. It's a change of pace for both, and they acquit themselves nicely with a good chemistry and sense of character. Grant also has a number of terrific moments with Trevor Howard, his military contact via the radio. Directed with a light touch by Ralph Nelson, he wisely lets Grant do his thing and let's the script speak for itself. It's good to see Cary Grant out of a tuxedo for a change, and it's great to see a comedy that comes from character and situation, rather than put-down one-liners.
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Great movie, but there is one part of the movie that bothers me- when Carry Grant hits the woman (slaps her across the face)... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent dvd! It even arrived earlier than I expected
Excellent dvd! It even arrived earlier than I expected!

Published 2 months ago by JAMIE QUINN
5.0 out of 5 stars Review Father Goose
My family and I love this movie because it is funny and scary. I would recommend it to people who like Cary Grant and are familiar with his other many good movies.
Published 3 months ago by gail tesorio
5.0 out of 5 stars A little bit of movie fun.
This is a fun older movie with a pair of lead stars who obviously enjoy and respect each other's company. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Allan H. Adams
3.0 out of 5 stars father goose
C'est un bon film malheureusement le film est en anglais je l' ais demander en français merci quand même. denis
Published 6 months ago by denis larose
5.0 out of 5 stars Father Goose - One of the classics of the WWII era
I choose this movie because I had watched it many years ago on a B&W television set and wanted to see it again. Read more
Published 6 months ago by First Light
5.0 out of 5 stars Cary Grant at his best
Awesome movie - Cary and Leslie had real chemistry; school children were cute and fit their parts well. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nancy
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