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Father Goose (1964)




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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

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (1)

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 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Nobody's idea of a masterpiece, but it's Classic Cary.

April 19, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A fun lightweight adventure, one of the better Cary Grant films, and a darned good "starter" romantic comedy because of all the other distractions and a world that threatens to tear this couple apart before they can even come together.

April 3, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Father Goose

Absolutely one of my favorite Grant efforts, with the teaming with Leslie Caron nearly a perfect combination. The scene where he teaches her how to fish is so erotic, while still being playful, that I can't stand it. Grant is a misanthrope hiding from society on a Pacific island when he gets wrangled into contributing to the war effort. An accident hooks him up with Caron and her little charges, and ... well, it's just fun to watch.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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
Aj V

Super Reviewer


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
Jennifer D

Super Reviewer

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