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Father Goose (1964)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Father Goose (1964)

In director Ralph Nelson's romantic adventure comedy (Cary Grant's second-to-last film) - a comedy of the sexes between a boozy, slovenly and unkempt sailor and a prim and proper schoolmarm:

  • the character (against-type) of scruffy, whisky-swigging, unshaven sailor and beachcomber Walter Eckland (Cary Grant - in the only film in which he was unshaven throughout the entire story) on an isolated South Pacific island (Matalava Island) during WWII, serving as a 'volunteer' Allied coast watcher and plane spotter (code-named "Father Goose") for the Royal Navy and Commander Frank Houghton (aka "Big Bad Wolf") (Trevor Howard)
Walter Eckland with Schoolteacher Miss Freneau
To Her: "a frustrated spinster who can't find a husband"
To Him: "an undisciplined, self-indulgent escapist"
  • the comedic situations in which Walter was beset by French teacher Miss Catherine Freneau (Leslie Caron) and seven female schoolgirls, who were stranded on the island with him - she called him a "rude, foul-mouthed, drunken filthy beast", and "an undisciplined, self-indulgent escapist" while he called her "Miss Goody-Two-Shoes" and "a frustrated spinster who can't find a husband"

Eckland's Radio Contact with Comm. Frank Houghton (Trevor Howard)

Eckland with Seven Schoolgirls

The Appearance of a Japanese Enemy Patrol Boat


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