Starring Cary Grant, Leslie Caron, Trevor Howard, Jack Good
Light. Appealing. Enjoyable.
Father Goose represents a pretty strong departure for star, Cary Grant. He plays an unkempt, surly, boozing loner named Walter Eckland. Living like Robinson Crusoe in the South Pacific during the second World War, Eckland is enlisted by Royal Navy Commander Houghton (Howard) to keep watch over a chain of islands as a Japanese invasion looms. Eckland reluctantly accepts, but gets more than he bargained for when he discovers one of the islands hosts a stranded group of young girls and their prim school teacher, Madamoiselle Freneau (Caron). It’s no surprise where the story goes, and Father Goose can be treacly at times, but Cary Grant and Leslie Caron are charming, and everything else works because of their chemistry, likely modeled on Bogey and Hepburn in The African Queen. Solid crowd-pleaser.
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