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Father Goose (Widescreen)
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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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My rating is that of another Oscar performance by Cary Grant.Importantly too, the sound quality in this edition is excellent! Cary Grant has here an able and truly talented Leslie Caron as a perfect schoolmarm.The enjoyment of watching this movie, truly, has no end. Every subsequent viewing of this movie gives more and more excitement. We always discover yet another comical moment (delivered by Cary Grant), that we had previously missed in this action packed production.
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.
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
"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.
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Classic feel good old movie! I have the movie on VHS & upgraded to DVD. I would highly recommend this movie. Fast shipping even with opting for the regular delivery service.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This DVD was defective and would not play chapter six at all...which was the best part of the movie.
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Have always loved this movie. Introduced my 2 great-grandson's to it they are 5 and 7 they loved it watched it twicePublished 14 months ago by Lois Adams
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