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Father Goose

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A stranded French teacher and her girls join an island beach bum paid in booze to spot enemy planes.

Product Details

  • Actors: Cary Grant, Leslie Caron, Trevor Howard
  • Directors: Ralph Nelson
  • Writers: Peter Stone, Frank Tarloff
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen, Anamorphic
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2013
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (581 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C3ALLFS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,136 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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If you liked the original The 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 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".
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Cary Grant is cast as Walter Eckland in this very funny classic comedy. His normal sexy leading man characteristics are downplayed to let his comedic genius shine through. He stars opposite Leslie Caron cast as Catherine Freneau. They are an accident waiting for a place to happen at their first meeting, and it just gets worse from there. Walter is bribed and threatened into service as a watcher in WWII. Catherine is a diplomat's daughter given the responsibility of escorting several school children into a safer area. When they are all stranded together, the hilarity, and battle of the sexes begins.

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.
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One of the immortal Cary Grant's last films, this particular one is a romantic, witty little gem. Well-scripted, well-acted, and full of really weird humor, this is one to treasure.
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.
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First let me say that this is one of my favorite movies. The interactions between Cary Grant, Leslie Caron and Trevor Howard are absolutely classic. I could watch this movie over and over again (hey, I could do a one-man show acting out all the parts). However, this Blu-Ray commands a premium price (to me, any Blu-Ray over $20 is premium, most Blu-Rays are priced less than $20). So with a premium price, do I get a premium Blu-Ray? Hardly.

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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