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Father Goose [1964] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Cary Grant, Leslie Caron, Trevor Howard, Jack Good, Sharyl Locke
  • Directors: Ralph Nelson
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 4 May 2007
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KHX9I8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,948 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Walter Eckland (Cary Grant) is an unshaven beach bum bamboozled into working for the British navy during World War Two by Commodore Frank Houghton (Trevor Howard). Eckland is forced to spot enemy Japanese planes from a remote desert island, with bottles of whiskey as his only reward. The relative calm is shattered, however, when schoolteacher Catherine Freneau (Leslie Caron) and her seven female charges are stranded on the island.

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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 behaviour. All in all, this is a minor treat in the actor's magnificent filmography. --Tom Keogh

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Dec. 2002
Format: VHS Tape
If you liked the original ODD COUPLE - slob and compulsive neatnik thrown together in the same apartment - or HEAVEN KNOWS, MR. ALLISON - tough guy WWII Marine marooned on an enemy-held South Pacific island with a pretty nun, then you should enjoy FATHER GOOSE starring Cary Grant, Leslie Caron and Trevor Howard. I saw it once again on the telly this past weekend while doing the ironing, and I'm fortunate to be old enough to have an appreciation of all three films.
Grant is Walter Eckland, an antisocial, unkempt escapee from "civilization" that spends his time bumming around the South Seas on an old yacht. At the start of WWII, he's coerced into service as a "coast watcher", an observer stationed on a remote island as a lookout for Japanese planes or ships, by the wily and dry-witted local Royal Navy authority figure, Comdr. Houghton (Howard). Eckland is bribed with booze to perform in His Majesty's service. One of his first assignments is to boat over to another island and rescue a fellow coast watcher. But, on arriving, he finds only his colleague's grave and the Caron character, Catherine Freneau, the daughter of a French government official, who's been stranded with a bevy of underage schoolgirls of which she has charge. Walter naturally takes them back to his island and his hovel, where the differences between the two adults soon surface. To Eckland, Freneau becomes "Goody Two Shoes", while, to the latter, her knight in stained armor becomes the "Filthy Beast".
While admittedly silly entertainment, FATHER GOOSE is a delightful romantic comedy that doesn't, like some of the current Tinseltown offerings, rely for laughs on sensitive body parts being caught in zippers, bodily fluids masquerading as hair gel, or carnal knowledge of apple pies.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Louise on 3 Jan. 2007
Format: DVD
To me, this is the greatest Cary Grant film ever! He plays a lonely, ex-teacher/alcholic who gets coaxed into helping the british navy spot Japanese aircraft from a small island. He is supposed to be temporary but things don't go to plan &, while on a neigbouring island, he finds a French woman & the 7 girls that she is caring for. He takes them back to his island where there is shelter & food but things quickly go wrong for him. I won't spoil it by giving you all the details but, needless to say, it's very funny.

It's a great little warm-hearted family film that i'm sure anyone could enjoy.

I have this on a video cassette that my dad bought over 20 years ago &, finally, it's given up the ghost. I can't wait for this d.v.d to come out, i already have it on reserve for the release date.

Oh, by the way, if you enjoy this or films like this you may want to check out Operation Petticoat (availible to buy.) It's another Cary Grant film also starring the excellent Tony Curtis (some like it hot) & it's just as good as father goose.

Enjoy!
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Cary Grant's second-last movie, made in the sixties when he realised his time was passing but nonetheless relished the chance to play an ocean-going scruff and cheerfully trash his debonaire image in the process. He has great fun as Walter Eckland, a ne'r-do-well whiskey-addict conned- by Trevor Howard- into becoming a coast watcher on an isolated Pacific island during the Second World War.

Knowing that Eckland is very likely to do a bunk, Howard- as Commander Houghton- conspires to hide whiskey all over the island, rewarding him by revealing the location of a single bottle every time he makes a useful sighting of enemy aircraft or shipping.

The influence of John Ford is all over this wonderful picture. Eckland adjusts to life on his island...but then (of course) his paradise is invaded by Leslie Caron and seven schoolgirls marooned during the Allied retreat. You get the picture. Of course Cary and Leslie irritate and aggravate each other. At first. And you know exactly where it's all going. But it's done with such a sure touch that you're carried along happily.

There's a scene worthy of Howard Hawks when Leslie thinks she's dying of a snakebite and accepts a drink of whiskey as an "anaesthetic". I won't say any more in case of spoiling the fun for you. My only reservation is that the film has received a pretty rough transfer to DVD. I've noticed that a lot of movies licensed from Republic have this problem- the DVD of "The Quiet Man" is a blotchy mess. All that aside, though, this is still a perfect rainy afternoon pick-me-up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Nov. 2000
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This was the first Cary Grant film I ever saw (being only 18) and I was surprised how good it was. Grant is on superb form as an unwilling, alcoholic loner dragged into secret surveillance of the Japanese in the Philipines during WW2.
Although the film is somewhat predictable, Grant manages to hold it together with his performance. If Leslie Caron had contributed more I would have given it 5 stars.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 31 Aug. 2004
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Well, this and Robin Hood with Errol Flynn. An excellent film, and a must see for anyone who has a single funny bone in their body. One of Grants best performances in my opinion, shows so many good aspects of his amazing acting abilities, although not nearly in the same league as north by north west.....
a definite must see
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