Published on January 2nd, 2007 | by Chris0
Father Goose (1964)
What can you say about Father Goose? A light-hearted comedy starring Cary Grant and Leslie Caron, about a drunken slob forced into a position as a coastal spotter in the South Pacific during WWII. He manages to pick up a French schoolteacher and her wards, a pack of well-off young girls. And of course, hilarity ensues.
This movie is just funny, it was funny then, and its funny now. It's proof that you don't need immense amounts of swearing and bathroom humor to be funny. Sure there are plenty of chauvinist jokes in there, but hey, its '64! Run with it!
I've seen this movie numerous times, and it's one of those that's just funny every single time. And there's actually some war-movie action to speak of! What with Zero's strafing their grass hut, and subs taking out Japanese patrol boats....
What's not to like? Not that much I'm afraid. I just can't find anything to gripe about!
Aw heck, just watch it. With your whole family. You can actually do that with this one.
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Cary Grant's penultimate feature before retirement was this cheerful 1964 effort to overturn his career-long image of urbane sophistication. As the unshaven, messy misanthrope Walter Eckland, a World War II-era beach bum who monitors Japanese air activity for the Australian navy in exchange for booze, Grant makes a convincingly hard-bitten, hard-drinking antihero...
DVD InformationBinding: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Manufacturer: Republic Pictures
Original Release Date:
- Cary Grant
- Leslie Caron
- Trevor Howard
- Jack Good (II)
- Sharyl Locke
26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful movie, so-so Blu-Ray,
This review is from: Father Goose [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)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... Read more
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A personal favorite,
This review is from: Father Goose (Amazon Video)Certainly Cary Grant's most important film role, his happiest, finest and funniest -- which is saying quite a lot about Father Goose and perhaps about me, too. So, let's compare some of Cary Grant's other pictures. He's wonderful opposite Ingrid Bergman in Notorious. Hilarious in Capra's Arsenic and Old Lace. Smooth and elegant in an otherwise lunkheaded Charade. Hitchcock's ace, king and jack of trumps in North By Northwest.
Father Goose tops them all.
It's almost impossible to make a great original comedy, and it's significant that Father Goose won an Academy Award for Best Original Story and Screenplay. More than that, it's extremely rare to see a mature comedian surpass and transcend all of his previous work, as if he was finally, at long last, given a wardrobe and a performance space that fit a great star's soul.
A few words about co-stars Leslie Caron and Trevor Howard, please. The authenticity, believability, heart and brain of a great comedy... Read more
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Great Movie, But The BluRay Is Not Any Better Than The DVD,
This review is from: Father Goose [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I love this movie, and always have. Don't misinterpret my title. If you don't have this film in your collection it is well worth having. However the Blu Ray, although very good quality, is no better than the DVD, especially for the price that it sells for. Also, not only are there no extras, it doesn't even include standard things that we've come to expect on a Blu Ray like captions. Regarding the film itself, you probably already know the story or you wouldn't be reading this, but an aging curmudgeon (Cary Grant) who likes to be on his boat and drink whiskey all day is marooned on a small island in the Pacific by the British Navy so he can be a spotter reporting back on Japanese airplane flights during World War II. When he goes to rescue another spotter on a nearby island he instead finds a a class of young schoolgirls and their uptight teacher who he must now bring to his island. And of course, wackiness and poignant moments ensue.
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Summary: I've seen this movie numerous times, and it's one of those that's just funny every single time.