Father Goose
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Deliberately casting his established screen image to the four winds, Cary Grant plays Walter Eckland, an unkempt, uncouth and unshaven beach bum in Father Goose. During World War II, Walter keeps busy relaying radio reports of Japanese air activity. But he's no hero, and in fact volunteered for this mission only because he's been promised a shipment of liquor by Australian naval officer Frank Houghton (Trevor Howard). Making matters worse for the misanthropic Eckland is the arrival of French schoolmistress Catherine Freneau (Leslie Caron) and her seven little-girl charges, whose plane… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Watching Cary Grant shuffle about like an angry, disheveled bum is funny to a degree that it wouldn't be for virtually any other actor who could have conceivably fit the role."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Not up to Grant's stature"
‑ Tony Medley, tonymedley.com
"an immensely amusing tale, with a great Grant performance"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"One of Cary Grant's last pictures (he retired 2 years later) is one of his most commercially popular vehicles, with an Oscar-winning script by Peter Stone and Leslie Caron (who's half his age) as love interest."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Grant cheerfully plays against a lifetime of typecasting in this modestly entertaining romantic comedy… sparks of more than one sort fly between [Grant] and [Caron]."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Though Cary Grant manages to get the most he can from the role, it's not enough to cover up the film's emptiness."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Cary Grant's penultimate film is a real charmer."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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