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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 Australian 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".Read more ›
This is one of my favorite comedies, and one of Cary Grant's last movies. No one does it like he does. A great film that the entire family can enjoy together.
Walter Eckland has no intention of getting himself involved in World War II -- no intention, that is, until he is "drafted" into service to the Allies. Basically he needs to keep an eye open for the Japanese. He reluctantly obeys, but his mission suddenly takes a weird turn when he rescues a slew of civilians: the prim, devious schoolteacher Miss Freneau, and her seven little girl charges. Before Eckland knows what's happening, they've taken over his little house, his clothes, his food -- and his whisky. (It's the last one that really makes him nuts) To his horror, they won't be picked up for at least three weeks.
An extended, very witty battle of the sexes takes place, as Miss Freneau dodges and weaves around Eckland, and Eckland tries to retain some mastery over his domain. But a series of crises (comical and serious) force Eckland and Freneau not only to deal with the Japanese, but also with each other.
Cary Grant shows more of his versatility in this film, since his comical talents are usually passed by in favor of his rugged sexiness. That sexiness is buried in this one, under the scraggliness of a beachcomber who is rebelling against the world with alcohol. Revelations about his past are somehow quite appropriate; as a character in another of Grant's movies said, "you have unexpected depth."
Leslie Caron, whom I had previously seen only in "Gigi," is also in rare form here. She makes Miss Freneau both sympathetic and mildly repressed, with a dry wit and a very devious mind.Read more ›
1) The picture is HD, and while it is not the best I have seen (for a wonderful Blu-Ray of an old movie see North by Northwest or Wizard of Oz) it is acceptable.
2) There are no subtitles. None. This amazes me because the bargain basement DVDs of Cary Grant I bought recently all have subtitles. There is no excuse for this whatsoever!
3) There is only one soundtrack in English. While this is not that big of an issue to me, it doesn't fit in with the premium price.
4) There are no extras whatsoever. Most of the older movie that I pick up in Blu-Ray contain commentaries, newsreels, cartoons, making-of documentaries and other items. This Blu-Ray has the movie and nothing else.
If this Blu-Ray was priced at $10 or less, I would award it 5 stars. But since it commands a premium price, I can award it only three stars. However, even knowing what I do about the defects of the Blu-Ray, I would still buy it, so I have to bump the stars by one: four stars.
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An older movie in WWII setting, Cary Grant plays a gruff and disgruntled but intelligent bachelor who encounters a seemingly prissy teacher and 7 your girls. Fantasy? Sure. Read morePublished 3 hours ago by Ranger100
This is one we've seen numerous times over the years. Nice to own it now. It's a fun movie.Published 4 days ago by Ralph
Great WWII movie with humor and a satisfying ending. Watched it with the Grandkids-6,8 and 10 years old.Published 5 days ago by Cindy Smith
Watched this with my kids (6 and 8)--they loved it. Good first Cary Grant movie for them.Published 7 days ago by Dorcas Jones