Father Goose

Father Goose

Ralph Nelson (1964)

U Certificate


Our Score
Cary Grant stars as a boozy beach bum caught up in Second World War heroics involving a gaggle of schoolgirls and their teacher, Leslie Caron, in this comedy drama. Grant is terrific, as ever, and his air of discomfort certainly helps the plot, but you have to wonder if a comedy about the Japanese invasion of the Pacific is actually a good idea. The Hollywood Academy thought so, and writers Peter Stone and Frank Tarloff won an Oscar for their screenplay. Also along for the ride are gruff Trevor Howard and, somewhat surprisingly in an acting role, the British grandfather of rock 'n' roll television, Oh Boy!'s Jack Good.


A hard-drinking beachcomber languishing on a small South Sea island is dragooned by the Australian Navy into looking out for Japanese spy-planes during the Second World War. When his path crosses with a teacher and her schoolgirl pupils marooned on a nearby shore, he pilots them to the safety of his own home. Predictably, the prim schoolmistress and her drunkard host make for poor company. Comedy, with Cary Grant, Leslie Caron and Trevor Howard.

Cast & Crew

Walter Eckland Cary Grant
Catherine Freneau Leslie Caron
Frank Houghton Trevor Howard
Elizabeth Stephanie Berrington
Harriet Jennifer Berrington
Christine Verina Greenlaw
Angelique Laurelle Felsette
Dominique Nicole Felsette
Anne Pip Sparke
Jenny Sharyl Locke
Stebbings Jack Good
Director Ralph Nelson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama Comedy